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Fort Mary B
Stockade
Nickname(s): 
Fort Independence, Fort Independent, Fort Breckenridge, Fort Meribeh
Country United States
State Colorado
County Summit
Nearest town Breckenridge

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. 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.

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.

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