Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain, came west to visit the Summit County Mining Camps and his comments were: "Joy sat on every countenance, and there was a glad, almost fierce intensity in every eye, that told of the money-getting schemes that were seething in every brain and the high hope that held sway in every heart."

Brief History

Prior to the gold rush, the area was the summer home of the Ute Indians and a popular rendezvous spot for trappers and mountain men. In 1859 gold was discovered in Georgia Gulch by a small group of prospectors from the State of Georgia. A mining camp, Parkville, sprouted overnight and by 1860 it contained 1800 voters and served as the county seat. Just west of Parkville, similar gold strikes were at Breckenridge. A rivalry started between the two towns. In 1862 Breckenridge became the County Seat when the residents usurped the county records by moonlight and moved them to Breckenridge.

Mining camps and stage stops sprouted like overnight mushrooms....Frisco, Dillon, Kokomo, Silverthorne, Wheeler, Montezuma, St. Johns and many others. Many became ghost towns when the Silver Panic hit in 1893. After years of decline, the fortunes of Summit County reversed when "white" gold was discovered. Snow! Today Summit County is the home of four World-Class ski areas, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain.

Table of Contents



A suggested reading list


Looking for volunteers to photograph local cemeteries
Census Schedules Online photos of 1870 census

Cities, Towns and Places

a list of past and present places

Funeral Homes A list of area funeral homes
Mailing List Consult with other Summit County researchers


a variety of old maps of Summit County

Obits New!
Query Board Rootsweb site for Summit County


Where to write for records


Under development. Send yours in for posting!


Post/view surnames being researched in Summit County

Tales of Summit County Recollections by Everett Hugh Brines (1890-1984)
WW I Draft Registrations courtesy of Ray Banks


Volunteers needed! Won't you help?

Would you like to help? We need you!

  • Do you have any Local History books that you would be willing to use for an occasional lookup request?
  • Would you be willing to post Summit County obituaries on the GenConnect boards?
  • Would you be willing to transcribe local cemeteries or photograph local historical buildings?
  • Do you visit the local library occasionally? If so, could you do a lookup while you are there?
  • Do you have access to some other historical records, such as wills, diaries, census returns, etc. that you would be willing to transcribe

I just took over this county and will slowly be redoing the pages. Please bear with me. I do not live in Summit County and cannot do research for you.

I add to the pages as I can and from what material I find.


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