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Tom’s Baby

Prospector Park
Seth Vandable

In 1887, two prospectors unearthed a gold nugget at a Breckenridge-area mine that weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces before washing. The largest nugget ever found in Colorado, it became known as “Tom’s Baby” when Tom Groves swaddled his find for the trip into town. A larger-than-life bronze sculpture in the new Prospector Park invites visitors to rub the nugget for luck, while commemorating the historic find and local mining history. Rubbing it, in turn, polishes the bronze. The piece was envisioned and funded by Anna and Mike Dudick. 

Funded by Anna and Mike Dudick and commissioned by the Town of Breckenridge


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