Silver City Travel Guide

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Silver City is a very pleasant town of about 9900 (down 6% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 180 and New Mexico Highways 15 and 90 in Grant County in Southwest New Mexico. The area where Silver City is now was home to several different prehistoric tribes including the Mimbres Mogollon people and later the Apache. The Spaniards came and discovered copper here in the early 1800s. After the Civil War a settlement was established called "La Cienega de San Vincente" (The Oasis of St. Vincent). Silver City was established in 1870 after silver was discovered just west of town. Captain John Bullard laid out the streets. In 10 months Silver City grew from the first log cabin to over 80 buildings and was designated the county seat of Grant County. In 1874 Harvey Whitehill was elected sheriff of Grant County and twice arrested William Bonney who would later become Billy the Kid. In 1878, "Dangerous Dan" Tucker would become Silver City's first marshal. In 1886, the Santa Fe Railroad arrived and in 1906 a side line was built to the mines in Pinos Altos. On the night of 21 July 1895, a major flood rushed through the downtown business district, leaving a trail of destruction. Later floods between then and 1903 scraped the floor of the "big ditch" down to 55 feet below the old street level. The "entertainment parlors (read brothels) along Main Street moved to Hudson Street. The O. S. Warren House is the only survivor of the flood still standing today. There are 4 districts and 10 individual locations in Silver City listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grant County was established in 1868 and was named for Ulysses S. Grant the 18th President of the United States. Pinos Altos was the county seat from 1868 to 1871.

Located in south west part of New Mexico, Silver City is a small, hip town.
A shell of it's former Wild West history, most restaurants and shops are now painted colorful colors of reds, light blues, yellows

Silver City is a gateway to to the scrub mountains of the Gila Nat. Forest with plenty of free camping. Go north on NM 15 through the mountains for isolation and nature without the very large trees. The road dead ends at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat. Monument and I was not impressed with the skimpy dwellings.