"A very appealing town" Top 5 Page for this destination Silver City by toonsarah

Silver City Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 134 photos

Silver City has a pleasingly raffish air, with many of its old buildings not only smartened up but also brightly painted. Unlike many western towns, its buildings were built in stone or in cast iron, and have stood the test of time.

Silver City was formed in the 1870s, after the discovery of silver in and around the town. It quickly became a boom town, and like many in New Mexico can lay claim to an association with the outlaw Billy the Kid. He lived here as in his teens (some accounts say he was born here, but most that he came with his family from New York), had his first job here, committed his first crime here, and reportedly killed his first man here. He was arrested and briefly imprisoned, before moving on to wreak his havoc elsewhere, most notoriously in Lincoln County.

Meanwhile the silver boom faded, and with its demise Silver (as the locals call it) faded too. But in recent years the town has undergone a revival. And unlike some carefully “restored” old towns it seems unafraid to mix old and new. It has become common to use cheerful paint colours to restore and revive the old buildings, perhaps influenced by the many artists and hippies who have settled here.

Shops on the main street, Bullard, are an idiosyncratic mix of appealing galleries and small-town “not really changed since the 1950s” shops. Residents too seem to be a mix of ageing hippies, relaxed artists working in all genres, university students and lecturers, and assorted drop-outs. We liked Silver a lot – maybe you will too!

And to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico, please visit my Gila Cliff Dwellings page.

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  • In a nutshell:Lots of colour and lots of character
  • Last visit to Silver City: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 24, 2011
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  • ana111's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    gr8 page , i really enjoyed reading it . keep writing

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Sarah, A really enjoyable, interesting page to read! I would enjoy wandering around the City of Rock's state park, amazing the different shape's you can find!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    a lot of great tips and wonderfull pics, its amazing how a bit of colorful paint can add to the athmosphere of a building !

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Sarah, These are REALLY good tips that are most interesting, chocked full of useful information, and accompanied by lovely photographs. Great Bed and Breakfast...I especially enjoyed the food tips...yummy sounding ice cream.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Looks like you enjoyed your stay in Silver City. Great tips on the restaurant, hotel and the Buffalo Bar.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Sarah, colourful photos and interesting tips here. The Alotta Gelato sounds indeed very well worth a visit.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Excellent page with lots of interesting and useful info. Your B&B looks quite charming especially with Midnight to keep company with. Have never heard of the City of Rocks -- well, learn something new everyday!!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Hello, Sarah! I see Silver City is a very appealing town indeed...Thanks for your story!~

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    What a lovely colourful town. I also love Pinos Altos and the deteriorating little house on your main phot. City of Rocks looks amazing too and thanks for my lesson of the day: never heard of evaporating rain before :-) These airbrush Harleys and bikes look funny. And your restaurant tips....make me hungry :-)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    The ice cream at Alotta Gelato sounds to be delicious! And the town with its colourful houses looks pretty. Interesting to hear about the phenomenon "virga".


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