Silver City in Grant County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Silver City Centennial
commemorating the duplication of the ride
by the Grant County Sheriff’s posse,
of the ride of:
100 years ago, and the discovery at this site
of silver ore, which led to the opening of
the Legal Tender Mine causing the
establishment of the town of Silver City, N.M.
Town of Silver City
Erected 1970 by Town of Silver City Centennial Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 32° 46.208′ N, 108° 16.834′ W. Marker is in Silver City, New Mexico, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Cooper Street and West Broadway Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located directly in front of the Grant County Courthouse, between the flag Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North Cooper Street, Silver City NM 88061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Municipal Museum (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); O.B. McClintock Bank Clock (approx. ¼ mile away); Anita Scott Coleman (approx. 0.3 miles away); An Oasis in the Desert (approx. 0.3 miles away); Destroyed by Floods (approx. 0.3 miles away); Protecting our Watershed (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1870's Log Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Changing Values (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver City.
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high concrete pedestal.
Also see . . .
1. Silver City. The founding of the town occurred shortly after the discovery of silver ore deposits at Chloride Flat, on the hill just west of the farm of Captain John M. Bullard and his brother James. Following the silver strike, Captain Bullard laid out the streets of the Silver City, and a bustling tent city quickly sprang to life. The town's violent crime rate was substantial during the 1870s; Grant County Sheriff Harvey Whitehill was elected in 1874, and gained a sizable reputation for his abilities at controlling trouble. In 1875, Whitehill became the first lawman to arrest Billy the Kid, known at the time as William Bonney. Whitehill arrested him twice, both times for theft in Silver City. (Submitted on November 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Silver City, New Mexico. Silver City is the county seat of Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Silver City was founded as a mining town. George Hearst built a smelter after the Silver City, Deming and Pacific narrow gauge railway reached Silver City in 1883. The Santa Fe Railroad provided standard gauge rail service in 1886, and Commanche Mining and Smelting extended the 2-foot narrow gauge Silver City, Pinos Altos and Mogollon Railroad to Pinos Altos in 1906. (Submitted on November 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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