Built in 1908, the Reiling Gold Dredge was the eighth dredge used to mine gold-bearing ground in the Breckenridge area. Until 1922, when it sank in a small pond in French Gulch, the Reiling Dredge moved up and down French Creek extracting gold from the bedrock. Still highly preserved in its final resting spot, the Reiling Dredge underwent a state-of-the-art preservation assessment in 2008 and 2009. Using the most modern, cutting edge technologies, the assessment analyzed the current state of the dredge boat and helped create a management plan for the future of the site. The next step is a preservation master plan, which is being developed collaboratively by the Town of Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Summit County, with funding provided in part by the State Historical Fund. We are asking for your help in creating a vision for this historic gem.
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