The following is an excerpt from a recent post at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance’s Blog, by Jen Baldwin:

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Luggage pieces seen in the Barney Ford Victorian Home. © Jen Baldwin, Ancestral Journeys, 2013.

If you have ever spent more than fifteen minutes inside the Barney Ford Victorian Home, you know that his businesses were severely impacted by fire.

I was recently asked by a visitor why he bothered to keep going?

It got me to thinking. Just how much did Barney Ford, his family and his businesses, encounter fire or other disaster? Not just here in Breckenridge, but anywhere?  And yes, why did he keep going? His entrepreneurial spirit must have been very strong, his passion for the next project just insurmountable. Nothing stopped him from the next idea, the next “big thing.”

Monument at the Barney Ford Victorian Home. © Jen Baldwin, Ancestral Journeys, 2013.

Monument at the Barney Ford Victorian Home. © Jen Baldwin, Ancestral Journeys, 2013.

I took the time to take a few notes. Here is a quick summary of Barney’s business life, just based on the displays in the museum and from a little digging in Barney Ford, Black Baron by Marian Talmadge and Iris Gilmore:

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