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Breckenridge Pop Culture

We like the historical works of local journalist Mary Ellen Gilliland at Alpenrose Press. Her most recent non-fiction book, 'Breckenridge, 150 Years of Golden History' reveals new facts about prospectors back in the day and profiles lesser known personalities during the 150 years of Breckenridge’s past. Her award-winning "Colorado Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods" is a rollicking read about the high-spirited “miscreants” of Breckenridge and other mining camps. She covers the amusing misbehavior of “rowdies, seducers and swindlers; shady ladies, shysters and cheats; scalawags, rogues and lushes.” The 25th anniversary edition of "Summit: A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado" contains new information on Summit ranch history and local cowboy tales with a then-and-now photographic section, and exposes the bumpy start of the ski resorts in the county. You’ll also read about the Native Americans who lived in the area; early explorers and prospectors; mining moguls; stagecoach drivers; railroad men and pioneer women. Gilliland’s updated 8th edition of The New Summit Hiker is a best-selling guide to the hiking trails in the county, with many around Breckenridge—a must-have book for anyone attempting to hike summer or winter. You can order these and other books on her website. For movies, the town of Breckenridge produced "Peaks on the Past" and you can buy it at Weber’s Books and Drawings (100 S. Main St.; 970-453-4723), at the ski museum or at the Welcome Center. For musical tributes to Breckenridge, local songwriter and balladeer Jim Salestrom captured out hearts with his album ‘The Messenger’—especially the songs ‘Bristlecone Pine’ about the antique, twisted pine tree that grows under savage conditions on the high-alpine tundra; and ‘Queen Anne’s Lace,’ a love ballad written for a local Breckenridge couple.