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Silver City

By coolsen - Posted on 12 January 2018

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  • Site # 7
  • GPS Coordinates: N43.01700 W116.73281
  • Elevation: 6160 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 70
  • Benchmark Coordinates: D-E5 Idaho
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


Silver City is a ghost town in Owyhee County, Idaho.  At its height in the 1880s, it was a gold and silver mining town with a population of around 2,500 and approximately 75 businesses.  Silver City served as county seat of Owyhee County from 1867 to 1934.  Today, the town has about 70 standing buildings, all of which are privately owned.  Many of the owners are third or fourth-generation descendants of the original miners.  There are a handful of small businesses, but no gas or service stations.  The property is now owned by the Bureau of Land Management.  Silver City was founded in 1864 soon after silver was discovered at nearby War Eagle Mountain (elev. 8,065 ft).  The settlement grew quickly and was soon considered one of the major cities in Idaho Territory.  The first daily newspaper and telegraph office in Idaho Territory were established in Silver City.  The town was also among the first places in present-day Idaho to receive electric and telephone service.  The placer and quartz vein mines became depleted around the time Idaho became a state in 1890.  Due in part to its extremely remote location, Silver City began a slow decline but was never completely abandoned.  Small-scale mining continued off and on until World War II.  The last mine to be operated all year round in Silver City was the "Potossi," managed by Ned Williams.  The Idaho Hotel in Silver City was restored and re-opened for tourists in 1972.  It relies on the use of propane refrigerators and stoves in order to supply cold drinks and snacks or a complete meal to guests during the summer months.  The rooms are fitted with indoor plumbing and furnished with antiques, making it a tourist destination.  In 1972, the townsite and its environs were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, the Silver City Historic District, with a total area of 10,240 acres.,_Idaho

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Posted by englund on 2018-04-27 15:13

Special Ed @ Silver City,  nice cool day.

Posted by Special Ed on 2018-05-20 17:00

 #7 Silver City

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 fun group ride big special Ed and gang...

Posted by silverspurs on 2018-06-12 22:53

Special Ed's ride 5/20.

Posted by BoiseMike on 2018-06-20 14:57

Photo taken June 20 on ride with Doug Patchin.

Posted by coolsen on 2018-06-26 11:46

 9/29/2018 Beautiful day and lots of people in Silver City.

Posted by rwhopp on 2018-09-29 20:24

oldnut @ Silver City


Posted by oldnut on 2018-10-02 18:04

Third attempt worked

Posted by Cuprum Hermit on 2018-10-09 20:04

 Got ditched in Silver City.

Posted by AGHill on 2018-11-27 11:43