We accessed Georgia Pass in relation to the Marshall and Amanda Felch Story related to their access into the Breckenridge area. We now know that Marshall worked as a freighter in the 1866-1872 time period accessing mining camps in the southern mountains including the Breckenridge and Leadville areas. Breckenridge’s history begins with placer mining along the Swan and Blue Rivers in 1859 shortly after the Colorado Gold Rush began. A large amount of placer mining took place in along the Blue River and tributaries including the Swan River and French Gulch about that time.
Some of the first access into the Breckenridge area occurred in the spring of 1859 when about 100 miners crossed the pass, now called Georgia Pass. Georgia pass is named for a group of Georgia miners found gold in Georgia Gulch which is along the access to the pass near the Swan River. A number of other discoveries took place and Breckenridge became the hub of the activity which was intense until about 1863. Historically silver mining then came into play about 1865 and placer mining methods, principally dredging came later. During the early historic mining period particularly when silver mining took off Georgia Pass was an important gateway to the area and was likely used by Marshall Felch who would have been working as a freighter. More of the history of the pass area is described in this website by Goodtimes adventures which operates a dog sledding business down near Georgia gulch.
Access to the pass from Breckenridge is along a route that becomes steep and rocky the last two or three miles. Most of the traffic we saw that day were four wheeler’s which had a much easier time than we did but we arrived safe and sound at the top although it was so windy it made flying the drone almost impossible. The four wheel route is described nicely in traildamage.com. The “South Park” side is accessible by two wheel drive vehicles and we saw one at the top of the pass when we arrived. We returned to Breckenridge by heading down the pass to Jefferson and returning to Breckenridge via Boreas Pass which is a gravel but two wheel drive route that was historically a train route completed in 1882.