Fort Mary B
Fort Mary B was the first permanent structure in the Breckenridge, Colorado area. It was a wooden stockade built in 1859 due to the presence of Utes in the area. It was renamed Fort Mary B for the first woman in the area, whose identity is unclear.[a] The stockade covered a couple of acres and had a log cabin at each corner. The first log cabin was built by Ruben Spalding. The town of Breckenridge was established one mile south of the site, which is near the Wells Fargo Bank.
Fort Mary B
Fort Independence, Fort Independent, Fort Breckenridge, Fort Meribeh
It was first called Fort Independent or Fort Independence. The fort is also said to have been called Fort Breckenridge and Fort Meribeh. The town charter only list two names for the former Breckenridge area: Fort Meribeh and Fort Mary B.
- It may have been named for Mary Bigelow, the first woman to stay at the fort. Or, it may have been named for a Mr. Mabery who helped build the stockade.
- Hague, Rick (November 30, 2015). "How the early runs on Peak 7 at Breckenridge got their names". Summit Daily. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
- Scott, Glenn R. (2004). "Historic Trail Map of the Leadville 1° × 2° Quadrangle, Central Colorado". pubs.usgs.gov. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
- Frank Hall (1895). History of the State of Colorado, Embracing Accounts of the Pre-historic Races and Their Remains. Blakely print. Company. p. 326.
- "Breckenridge Town Charter". Town of Breckenridge. p. 6. Retrieved June 13, 2018.