Silver City, Idaho

Silver City Details

Status: Near Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1864

Current Population: small seasonal pop

Peak Population: 4,000

Elevation: 6,168 Feet (1,880 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

State: Idaho

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Silver City Description

Silver City was founded in 1864 soon after silver was discovered at nearby War Eagle Mountain. 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.

After the placer and quartz vein mines were played out around the time Idaho became a state in 1890 - and 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 in 1972.

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.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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