Silver City, Nevada

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.

Silver City, Nevada
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Silver City is located in Nevada
Silver City
Silver City
Silver City is located in the United States
Silver City
Silver City
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
CountryUnited States
 • Total170
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)


Silver City, overlooking Gold Canyon

Silver City was established in 1859, named for the silver deposits discovered in the area near the Lyon/Carson border.[1][2] Through this narrow gorge called Gold Canyon, above the historic Devil's Gate rock formation,[3][4] thousands of travelers passed on their way to the silver mines of the Comstock Lode.[5]

By 1861, the town had four hotels, multiple saloons and boarding houses, and a population of 1200. Silver city provided boarding facilities for animals used in hauling ore-laden wagons between the Comstock mining areas and mills on the Carson River. A foundry, the first iron works in Nevada was moved here from Johntown in 1862. The town was the site of the Comstock's first silver mill—Paul's Pioneer. During the 1870s, additional mills were built and by 1871, Silver City had eight mills with 95 stamps.[2]

The population began to decline after the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was completed in 1869. Construction workers left the area, taking their business with them.[6]

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  1. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 48.
  2. ^ a b Paher, Stanley W (1970). Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps. Howell North.
  3. ^ "Devil's Gate - Nevada Historical Markers on". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  4. ^ "Fascinating story of Silver City's Devil's Gate". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  5. ^ Devils Gate, Nevada Historical Marker 223
  6. ^ Silver City, Nevada, Western Mining History
Devils Gate and Silver City. Left photo is circa 1866; right photo is 2010.