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Bodfish in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Silver City Ghost Town

 
 
Silver City Ghost Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose
1. Silver City Ghost Town Marker
Inscription. In 1855 gold was discovered in the Kern Valley. Miners flocked here from throughout the world to get in on what was believed to be California's second great gold rush. Towns sprung up in the area but many were abandoned within a few years when the gold ran out. In the 1970's the Dave Mills family saved historical structures from the deteriorating mining camps and moved them to this site (behind the structures you see here). Around 1973 the Mills closed the ghost town. The J. Paul Corlew family purchased the property in 1988 and began the long task of restoration and preservation work that would dominate their lives for decades. The Corlew's reopened Silver City in 1992. On site are over twenty buildings from mining camps with names like Keyesville, Wiskey Flats, Claraville, and Miracle. Preserve here in a state of "arrested decay". It is now operated as a nationally know museum and film location.
 
Erected 2009 by E Clampus Vitus, Peter LeBeck Chapter 1866, Kern River Valley Historical Society,Kernville Chamber of Commerce, Southfork Womens Club.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 35.859′ N, 118° 29.482′ W. Marker is in Bodfish, California
Silver City Ghost Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
2. Silver City Ghost Town Marker
, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Lake Isabella Boulevard (County Route 155) south of Kilbreth Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3829 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Bodfish CA 93205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USS Arizona (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Isabella (approx. 4 miles away); Campsite of Edward Kern (approx. 4 miles away); Havilah (approx. 5.7 miles away); Stage Robbery! (approx. 5.7 miles away); First Catholic Church and Cemetery in Kern County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Kernville Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); Kernville (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Official web site for Silver City Ghost town. For general information on Silver City go to the website listed. For weekly updates and the LATEST NEWS go to http://www.facebook.com/silvercityghosttown (Submitted on April 6, 2012, by J Paul Corlew of Silver City Ghost Town (Bodfish), California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The front of Silver City Ghost Town image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
3. The front of Silver City Ghost Town
Hot Springs Hotel and Stage Coach Stop buildings 1880 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
4. Hot Springs Hotel and Stage Coach Stop buildings 1880
These buildings were relocated here in 1971 to save them.
Claraville Tent Building 1880 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
5. Claraville Tent Building 1880
Dedication Plaque Seen Below the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
6. Dedication Plaque Seen Below the Marker
Dedicated to the loving memory of Dave Mills. Cynthia Corlew and Don Diggles. With special thanks to Arvilla Mills, Hal Brown, Shawn Corlew, Emily Diggles, Diana Forbes and so many others who have offered sweat, tears, love and support over the years. Without them this project would not exit.
Claraville 1880 inside of the General Store image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, May 1, 2009
7. Claraville 1880 inside of the General Store
A peak inside the General Store at Silver City.
Silver City Ghost Town Square image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, May 1, 2009
8. Silver City Ghost Town Square
The town square of the Silver City Ghost town with many of the surrounding buildings showing.
Silver City Jail image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, May 1, 2009
9. Silver City Jail
The jail is open for visitors to take photos, such as this Desperado shown here.
Silver City Ghost Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
10. Silver City Ghost Town Marker
Silver City Ghost Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
11. Silver City Ghost Town Marker
Silver City Ghost Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 10, 2009
12. Silver City Ghost Town Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 945 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   10, 11, 12. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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