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"The Big Ditch" Top 5 Page for this destination Silver City Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

Silver City Things to Do: 27 reviews and 62 photos

  The Big Ditch
by toonsarah
  • The Big Ditch - Silver City
      The Big Ditch
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  • Warren House - Silver City
      Warren House
    by toonsarah

It may seem odd that a “ditch” is a “thing to do” but this is no ordinary ditch. In fact until the end of the 19th century it was Silver City’s Main Street! But around that time there was a series of floods, and one result of these was that on the night of July 21st 1895 Main Street collapsed into a muddy chasm. Businesses on its west side “turned their backs” on it and started to use their rear entrances on Bullard Street, which therefore gradually became a replacement main street without ever changing its name accordingly, and the original street was never restored.

Nowadays the chasm has been turned into a pleasant park that runs the length of downtown and provides shade on a hot day. About halfway along, on the west side of the park, you can see Warren House (my second photo) which is the only one still standing intact from the pre-flood days. It didn’t appear to be open to the public when we were there. It seemed to be for sale, and I couldn’t help but think that it would make a great location and property for a bed and breakfast, so if anyone’s looking for a business opportunity in that part of the world ...

Directions: Runs parallel to Bullard Street, one block to the east

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  • Written Oct 20, 2011
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