Ghost town in southeastern Idaho

Hubby and I rode with a friend to Silver City, Idaho, on Saturday. I’ve been aware of this popular tourist destination for much of my adulthood, but had never made the trek. I’d like to pretend it’s because I don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle (required to make the drive), but with my dad owning a 4-w-d pickup and living a mile away, that excuse doesn’t fly. Having visited other ghost towns, I was surprised to encounter so many other people – we saw at least 50 UTVs in the town and on the road to and from, and was also surprised that so much of the town had been restored, and had people residing in the buildings.

Some of the architecture of the ghost town. Some buildings have been meticulously restored (school, church), others have been allowed to disintegrate (still-operating hotel and restaurant).

Random scenes from around the town. Notice the sign on the (working, but padlocked) outhouse declaring tours were by appointment only. These country folk have a sense of humor. The town also has public outhouses in convenient locations.

The town’s cemetery (not cemetary, as the sign proclaims) is a short walk, or one-lane drive, up a small hill. At the bottom is the “Odd-Fellows” cemetery, where members of the organization can be buried. At the top is the “citizens cemetery,” for residents of Silver City. Sadly, if the headstones are to be believed, many of the residents are “Unknown” (middle photo). Because of the age of many of the graves, I believe that the stones degraded with age, and possibly were vandalized, and the cemetery didn’t have accurate records to show who was buried where.

If you’re ever in southwestern Idaho and have six to eight hours to spare, and access to a four-wheel-drive, make your way to Silver City. It’s a lovely experience, and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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