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Quick Facts

Geographic Location

Silver City is located in a canyon at the headwaters of Jordan Creek at an elevation of 6300 feet, between War Eagle Mountain on the east and Florida Mountain on the west.

City Hall

Resources

Biography

Biographies of many of the leading men (and a few women) of Silver City during its early history are included in A Historical, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho, published in 1898.[1]

Cemeteries

The following are cemeteries in the mining district in the vicinity of Silver City.

Name of cemetery Location Records
Chinese Burial Ground Silver City Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise
Delamar at DeLamar townsite Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and some photos online  (56 interments - 27 Oct 2010 - Findagrave.com)
Fairview Fairview Townsite east of Silver City Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription online[2]
Knights of Pythias Silver City See listing under Silver City
Ruby City at Ruby City townsite about 1 mile north of Silver City Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and photos online (4 interments - 27 Oct 2010 - Findagrave.com)
Silver City -- Knights of Pythias Silver City Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and photos online (13 interments - 25 Nov 2009 - Findagrave.com)
Silver City -- Main or Citizen's
Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and photos online  (35 interments - 22 Nov 2009 - Findagrave.com)
Silver City -- Masonic & Odd Fellows Silver City Transcription and photos online  (79 interments - 27 Oct 2010 - Findagrave.com)
Silver City -- Pioneer in north-eastern Silver City Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and photos online  (21 interments -27 Oct 2010 - Findagrave.com)
Wagontown Catholic 1 mile up Jordan Creek and 0.5 mile northeast of creek bottom Some records of this cemetery are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise; Transcription and photos online  (43 interments - 22 Nov 2009 - Findagrave.com)

Directions to some of the cemeteries are on the USGenWeb site for Owyhee County under Owyhee County Cemeteries.

Burials gathered by June Davies and Wilma Lewis Statham and published in a book entitled "Owyhee Gleanings" have been alphabetized together and are also available at the USGenWeb site for the county under "Owyhee Burials."

Church History and Records

Historical

Episcopal Church

St. James Episcopal Church operated in Silver City until about 1920. They donated their building to the Catholic Church in 1928.

Roman Cathoilic Church

The original Catholic Church in Silver City was known as St. Andrews. It was dedicated on 18 December 1868. The building was sold in 1873 and no Catholic church existed there until 1882. In that year, St. Andrews was rededicated as Our Lady of Sorrows. The rededication took place on 5 November 1882.

The building fell into disrepair nad was abandoned by 1925. In 1928, the Episcopalian Church donated their building (St. James Episcopal) to the Catholic Church and it was rededicated as Our Lady of Tears, which still celebrates mass monthly during the summer season. It is a mission under St. Pauls of Nampa.


Wagontown Catholic Church

Directories

A directory of the residents and businesses of Silver City in 1898 is included in A Historical, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho. A copy of the directory is in the Idaho State Archives, the Owyhee County Museum, and other Idaho libraries.[3] It is also available on microfilm through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and its many family history centers.

The Gem State Rural's 1918-19 Farm Directory of Owyhee County Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon is available online. It lists landowners by town, including those owning land in these two counties, but residing elsewhere. The amount of acreage owned, the location of the land, and a list of crops raised on each farm is also included. The resident land owners of the Silver City area are listed on page 153.

History

The first exploration of the north slopes of the Owyhee Mountains took place in May of 1863 by a party of 29 men. During their exploration, they discovered gold. After they had staked their claims, they returned to the Boise Basin and set off a "stampede" to the Owyhee Mountains, specifically to War Eagle and Florida Mountains, the future site of Silver City.

The first settlement in the area was Booneville (later Dewey). The next was Ruby City which was made the county seat on 31 December 1863, when the county was organized. Although Ruby City was in a rather unfavorable site, by 1864 it had a population of 800-900.

Silver City was laid out in 1864 and gradually absorbed Ruby City. By 1866, Silver City became the county seat.[4]

By 1865, some 250 mining locations had been recorded. In addition to the gold originally discovered, silver was also found in the Silver City area. Mining flourished until 1875 but some of the companies withdrew at the failure of the Bank of California.

Mining rebounded in the late 1800s, lasting until 1912, and again in 1975, but never regained its earlier splendor. At its high point, Silver City had a population of over 2000 and over 60 businesses.[5]

In 1898, Silver City had no resident ministers, but it did have two Masonic Lodges (Chapter and Blue), three Odd Fellows Lodges (Encampment, Subordinate, and Rebekah), and one lodge of the Knights of Pythias.[6]

Newspapers

Historical

The following newspapers have been published in Silver City. Copies for the dates indicated (arranged chronologically) are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise.

City
Title of Newspaper
Issues Available
Location
Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1865:8:19-1874:10:10

Silver City
Owyhee bullion
1866:11:5-1867:11:7

Silver City
Owyhee bullion
1867:4:18

Silver City
Owyhee semi-weekly tidal wave
1868:12:15-1869:9:3

Silver City
Owyhee tidal wave
1869:9:9-1870:2:10

Silver City
Owyhee daily avalanche
1874:10:17-1875:9:14

Silver City
Idaho daily avalanche
1874:10:17-1876:4:26

Silver City
Idaho weekly avalanche
1874:10:31-1876:8:19

Silver City
Owyhee weekly avalanche
1874:10:31-1875:9:4

Silver City
Idaho avalanche
1876:8:26-1897:8:13

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1897:8:20-1906:3:30

Silver City
Silver City nugget
1901:1:4-1904:12:30

Silver City
Owyhee nugget
1905:1:6-1912:6:20

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1912:10:11-1932:12:23

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1913:6:13

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1914:2:27

Silver City
Owyhee leader
1918:7:26-1921:2:11

Silver City
Silver City steer (souvenir issue)
1952

Silver City
Silver City steer
1953

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1965:9:24-1973:12:22

Silver City
Owyhee avalanche
1966:6:3-1966:7:1


School Records and Yearbooks

A schoolhouse was built in 1892.  The museum that was housed there is no longer there.[7]

Websites

Historic Silver City

Wikipedia article about Silver City

References

  1. A Historical, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho. Silver City, Idaho: Press of the Owyhee Avalanche, 1898.
  2. Interment.net is a website providing transcriptions and photos of gravestones free of charge.
  3. A Historical, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho. Silver City, Idaho: Press of the Owyhee Avalanche, 1898.
  4. A Commercial, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho, January 1898. Silver City, Idaho: Press of the Owyhee Avalanche, 1898.
  5. Idaho's Owyhee: Snake River Country - An Auto Tour. Souvenir Edition. [n.p., c1987].
  6. A Commercial, Descriptive and Commercial Directory of Owyhee County, Idaho, January 1898. Silver City, Idaho: Press of the Owyhee Avalanche, 1898.
  7. Idaho's Owyhee: Snake River Country - An Auto Tour. Souvenir Edition. [n.p., c1987].

 

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