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Silver City is a near ghost town and a small residential community in Lyon County, Nevada, USA, near the Lyon/Carson border. The population as of the 2000 census was 170. The community was so named on account of silver deposits near the original town site.[1] Settled in 1859, the population in 1861 was about 1,200, but began declining after the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was completed in 1869. Construction workers left the area, taking their business with them.[2]

Silver City
Unincorporated community
Silver City Nevada.jpg
Silver City is located in Nevada
Silver City
Silver City
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 39°15′49″N 119°38′26″W / 39.26361°N 119.64056°W / 39.26361; -119.64056Coordinates: 39°15′49″N 119°38′26″W / 39.26361°N 119.64056°W / 39.26361; -119.64056
Country United States
State Nevada
County Lyon
Population (2000)
 • Total 170
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Devil's Gate, just north of Silver City, marks the boundary line between Storey and Lyon counties, and was a notable natural landmark of the Nevada Territory. Through this narrow gorge, thousands of people passed on their way to the silver mines of the Comstock Lode. Nevada State Route 342 was constructed through here.[3]

Films shot in Silver City, NevadaEdit


  1. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 48. 
  2. ^ Silver City, Nevada, Western Mining History
  3. ^ Devil's Gate, Nevada Historical Marker 223
Devils Gate and Silver City. Left photo is circa 1866; right photo is 2010.