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    Silver City





    The Guide to Southwest New Mexico

    Courtesy of Area Merchants and Zia Publishing Corp.

    SUMMER/FALL 2011


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    HISTORY OF THE SILVER CITY AREA SPANS THE ERASFROM THE ANCIENT MOGOLLON CULTURES TO THE peo-ple of todays technology age. The Gila Cliff Dwellings NationalMonument and visitor center are perhaps the strong-est at-traction in the area, providing a visual showcase of how theseancients lived. The Mimbres River Valley, though once inhab-ited by pithouse dwellers is now a scene of orchards, hay fields,cattle and horses. The pride of large-scale mining operations isthe Chino open pit copper mine on NM 152.The 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest provides many of

    the reasons for both visiting the area and for making a com-mitment to live here. Lakes in the immediate region includeLake Roberts and Bear Canyon, Bill Evans and Snow Lakes.Additional attractions include the Catwalk National RecreationTrail and the scenic gold mining ghost town of Mogollon, bothnear Glenwood, and City of Rocks State Park between SilverCity and Deming.

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    Holiday Inn Express in beautiful SilverCity is your ticket to a Southwest adventure. Let our friendly staff aid you inexploring the attractions of Silver City,Grant County and the Gila National Forest from a convenient home base.

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    QUICKFACTSNew Mexico FactsStatehood: Jan. 6, 1912Capital: Santa FeFlag: Red Zia on goldBallad: Land of EnchantmentSongs: Oh, Fair New Mexicoand Asi Es Nuevo MexicoMotto:CrescitEundo(It Grows As It Goes)Poem: A Nuevo MexicoCookie: BiscochitoGem: TurquoiseBird: Roadrunner (Chapar-ral)Flower: YuccaTree: PionAnimal: Black BearFish: Rio Grande CutthroatTrout

    Silver City - GrantCounty ProfilePOPULATION: (2004) est.City: 12,500County: 30,000HOUSING: (2004) est.TOTAL HOUSEHOLDSCity: 4,700 (500 unoccupied)COUNTY: 14,000GOVERNMENT:Firefighters: 23 full timeCity Police: 30State Police: 12 (10 offi-cers, 2 sergeants)County Sheriff: 32 OfficersTAXES:Gross Receipts: 7.25% (2007) City: $3,009,860City Retail: $214,463,457Per Capita Income:$17,409Property: 17,397 Mills(Residential)15,680 Mills (Non-Residen-tial)

    Major EventsRed Paint PowWow Chocolate Fantasia Tour of the Gila Silver City Blues Festival Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo Fourth of July CelebrationPicamania Weekend at the GalleriesLighted Christmas Parade

    Area MuseumsMUSEUMS: 3Silver City Museum wasfounded in 1967. A restoredMansard/Italianate homebuilt by H.B. Ailman with20,000 objects relating tothe peoples and history ofsouthwest New Mexico.Admission is free.WNMU Museum cele-brated its 30th AnniversaryNovember 6, 2004. Homeof Pottery and Artifacts ofPrehistoric South-westernCultures. Available for view-ing are historic photographsof Silver City and surround-ing areas. Admission isfree.Pinos Altos Historical Mu-seum: Circa 1860s-housedin a log cabin that onceserved as the 1st schoolhouse in Grant County.

    Houses a great collection ofmining artifacts and historicmemorabilia. Admission isfree.

    Parks & MonumentsCity of Rocks State ParkGila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

    The Catwalk NationalRecreation Trail.(Glenwood)

    Ghost TownsMogollon: 75 miles NEUS180 Shakespeare: 46 miles SENM90Steins: 63 miles SENM90/I-10

    Health CareMEDICALGila Regional Medical Cen-ter: 68 Beds, 43 Physicians Optometrists: 2Dentists: 12Clinics: 5Chiropractors: 9Fort Bayard Medical Cen-ter: Long term care facilitywith 4 Physicians offeringservices in Physical, Occu-pational and Speech Thera-pies, Geriatric care andChemical Dependency unit.Pharmacies: 5Acupuncturists: 2

    Historic SitesSILVER CITY HISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICTH. B. Ailman House built in1881 houses the Silver CityMuseum.Bell Block constructed in1897 and 1906 originallyhoused a saloon wherestraight drinks were sold for12.5 centsMeredith & Ailman Bankbuilt in 1882 was renamedthe Palace Hotel in 1900.Silver City National Bankbuilt in 1923, presently usedas City Hall.O.S. Warren House built in1885, is the only building onMain Street to survive thefloods at the turn of thecentury.Mrs. O.S. Warren buildingbuilt in 1900 was the formerColbys Sporting Goods.El Sol Theatre building was built in 1934 to show Span-ish-language films.W. H. White house built in1901 was built of brick inthe Hipped Box style forone of Silver Citys first den-tists.Dr. W. H. White dental of-fice built in 1887.Isaac N. Cohen House builtin 1882 has the only remain-ing example of double-hungpocket shutters.Big Ditch Park was SilverCitys Main Street beforethe turn of the centuryfloods transformed it intoan arroyo.

    Bennett Block on W. Yankiebuilt in 1882 of adobe con-struction with brick fa-cades.Max Schutz sample roomon N. Texas was built toprovide a meeting room fortraveling salesmen.Goodells Feed Store onYankie was built in 1905and 1911 and remained afarmers supply outlet untilthe late 1970s.Victorian Homes, this ar-chitectural era spans theperiod of roughly 1825-1900. There are 31 homesstill existing in the SilverCity area. Walking Tours (3) offeredby the Silver City Museum:Gospel Hill, La Capilla andBusiness District. Billy the Kid Cabin is lo-cated near the origin of hisreal home, this 1800s stylecabin was donated by RonHowards movie The Miss-ing.La Capilla Chapel Replica,built on a hill on the southside of Silver City. Thechapel was a local landmarkand was utilized in pilgrimages and festivals forOur Lady of Guadalupe. PINOS ALTOSFort Cobre Replica is 3/4scale replica of the SantaRita Del Cobre Fort (circa1804) which originally waslocated at the Santa Ritaopen pit copper mine eastof Silver City.Buckhorn Saloon & OperaHouse, circa 1860s Thisfine restaurant and saloonis authentically decoratedwith 1800s memorabiliaand photographs.Hearst Church. (circa1898) built by the Hearstnewspaper family and is thecurrent home to the GrantCounty Art Guild. The goldused in decorating theHearst Castle in Californiacame from the Hearst Minein Pinos Altos.FORT BAYARDBuffalo Soldiers: In 1866Congress authorized the or-ganization of four black regi-ments to help thepacification of the West.The Indians christenedthese men with their shortcurly hair the Buffalo Sol-diers, a name which theTenth Calvary proudly boreon its military crest.Fort Bayard National His-toric Landmark/ NationalCemetery. Established as aterritorial post dating backto 1863, the fort has servedas a military center of oper-ations, army and VA hospi-tal and continues today as aState Medical Center.


    B Y C H O I C E H O T E L S


    SILVER CITY SPRANG TO LIFE DURING THE SUMMERof 1870. The discovery of silver brought thousands of miners, andmerchants followed in their footsteps. The town's founders decided Silver City would be built tolast. In 1880, an ordinance was passed requiring masonryconstruction for new buildings. This left behind solid commer-cial buildings, brick Victorian homes, and adobe structures.Devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away theoriginal Main Street and all but one of its handsome brick build-ings. The stately Warren house is the sole survivor. What usedto be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch.The Silver City Visitor Center and Big Ditch Park provide

    gateways into Historic Downtown for visitors and residents. Sil-ver City MainStreet Project has provided comprehensive down-town revitalization services since 1985. This vibrantaward-winning district has over 200 entities including retail andservice businesses, art studios, government services, non-profits, churches, and schools. Its a treasure of a downtown!


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    WHEN SILVER CITYS FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED THETOWN SITE IN THE LATTER 1800S, THEY LAID OUT THEgrid like those of many eastern cities with the streets run-ning due north, south, east and west. They did not realize thatthe new towns proximity to a north/south running slopewould encourage a natural disaster to occur.In 1895 and again in 1903, flash floodwaters roared down

    Silver Citys Main Street, gouging out a huge ditch with a bot-tom some 55 feet below the original street level. As rainscontinued to feed the creek in the years that followed, cot-tonwood trees grew, providing shade.The towns Main Street was gone, but every adversity car-

    ries with it the seed of an opportunity. Working together, localbusinesses, residents and civic organizations created a beau-tiful and unique downtown park.Big Ditch Park can be accessed via the footbridge at the

    Silver City Visitor Center parking lot.

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    LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC 1881 MANSARD/ITALIANATEHOME OF H.B. AILMAN, THE SILVER CITY MUSEUM ISone of 13 museums in New Mexico recognized by the Amer-ican Assn. of Museums. Founded in 1967, the museum is fo-cused on the regional history of Southwest New Mexico withover 20,000 related objects. Photo collections depict SilverCity from the 1870s and include a significant collection fromthe 1930s and 40s.Native American artifacts from the Mimbres, Mogollon and

    Casas Grandes peoples number over 500 pieces, and thereare exhibits from more recent Navajo and Apache groups. Ex-tensive mining exhibits, early Anglo and Hispanic settler cloth-ing, furnishings and even firearms are displayed. There is alsomemorabilia from native son Harrison Jack Schmitt, former as-tronaut and U.S. Senator.It is open every day except Monday, and is located at 312

    West Broadway. The Museum Store features books and giftsdepicting or influenced by local history and cultures.

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    July23 Big Ditch Day and San Vicente

    Wetlands Festival. 9am-3pm.Music, educational tours, work-shops, Farmers Market, vendors,historical re-enactors and conserva-tion demonstrations.

    August19-20 Copper Country Cruizers Car Show.

    Vintage vehicles of all kinds. GoughPark, Silver City. 575-388-3468

    19 MRAC Members Show. MRACGallery. 575-538-2505

    20 Fort Bayard's 145th Birthday Cele-bration. 575-388-4477Groove Session. Funk, Rock & Soul.Buckhorn Opera House. Local OpenerMelanie Zipin & Good Company. 575-538-9911

    September2 Taste of Downtown Silver City.

    575-534-1700.3-5 The 28th Annual Gem & Mineral

    Show. Museum quality mineralspecimens, jewelry, and arts craftedfrom rock and gems as well as"rough" stones. Grant County Busi-ness and Conference Center. 575-534-0006

    9-10 Picmania!. Returning in 2011! TheSavoy Family Cajun Band, SpringCreek, The Squashblossom Boys,The Dylan Charles Band, BayouSeco, Baxtalo Beng. Gough Park.575-538-2505

    15-18 7th Annual Gila River Festival.Keynote address by National Geo-graphic Society's Sandra Postel, lec-tures, birding and nature field trips,family activities, kayak trips andmore. Silver City and Gila NationalForest. 575-538-8078

    16-17 Fort Bayard Days. Experience FortBayards Military, Medical, and Cul-tural History of Southwest NewMexico - Living history centers toexplore for all ages! 575-388-4477

    17-18 Red Dot Studio Tour. A free, self-guided weekend tour of artists' stu-dios, providing an up-close andpersonal look into the unique cre-ative process of Silver City and sur-rounding area

    24 Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival. Aday lo...


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