Near Leeds in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mile-long Main Street
Silver Reef soon became the center of permanent development, and many stone and wooden buildings were erected along a mile-long Main Street. Among the many businesses and buildings were six saloons, nine grocery stores, two dance halls, a brewery, billiard hall, the Wells Fargo Express Office, post office undertaker, citizens hall, jail, Masonic and Oddfellows halls, telegraph office, barber shop, physicians office, Chinese laundries (the walls are standing today), and a Catholic church with a hospital included. The Wells Fargo building, which you stand before, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bringing Silver Reef Back to Life
While many of the original buildings in silver Reef are gone, starting in the 1980s area residents organized an effort to restore existing buildings and structures and reconstruct some of them. The Wells Fargo Express Office has been restored and turned into a museum, along with the 1877 stone Powder House (worth a visit). The Rice Bank building was reconstructed and restored, and a replica of The Cosmopolitan Restaurant was built. Through their efforts, local residents succeeded in the
Erected 2011 by Utah State History and the National Park Service.
Location. 37° 15.176′ N, 113° 22.032′ W. Marker is near Leeds, Utah, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Wells Fargo Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at the Silver Reef Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds UT 84746, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wells Fargo and Company Express Building (a few steps from this marker); St. John's Church / Bishop Lawrence J. Scanlan (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Three Towns (approx. 1.1 miles away); From Schoolhouse to Town Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Leeds CCC Camp (approx. 1.3 miles away); Leeds Historic CCC Camp (approx. 1.3 miles away); "They Were Poor, Hungry, and They Built to Last" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps, Leeds, Utah (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leeds.
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