Chasing the Dream—Ben Stanley Revett’s Dredge Boats on the Lower Swan River


by Bill Fountain and Sandra Mather


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Chasing the Dream, Part III, introduces Ben Stanley Revett, who in 1898 brought the first dredge boats not only to Breckenridge but to all of Colorado. He proposed digging to bedrock and retrieving the placer gold that had settled there over the eons. A total of nine gold dredges scoured the streams of the county between 1898 and 1942, seven of them bearing the stamp of Revett.