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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Silverton, Colorado

Clickable Map of San Juan County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> San Juan County, CO (51) Dolores County, CO (7) Hinsdale County, CO (9) La Plata County, CO (32) Montezuma County, CO (62) Ouray County, CO (18) San Miguel County, CO (1)  SanJuanCounty(51) San Juan County (51)  DoloresCounty(7) Dolores County (7)  HinsdaleCounty(9) Hinsdale County (9)  LaPlataCounty(32) La Plata County (32)  MontezumaCounty(62) Montezuma County (62)  OurayCounty(18) Ouray County (18)  SanMiguelCounty(1) San Miguel County (1)
Silverton is the county seat for San Juan County
Silverton is in San Juan County
      San Juan County (51)  
      Dolores County (7)  
      Hinsdale County (9)  
      La Plata County (32)  
      Montezuma County (62)  
      Ouray County (18)  
      San Miguel County (1)  
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1Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1060 Reese
Historical Walking Tour 1060 Reese Built 1880Map (db m178615) HM
2Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1069 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1069 Greene Built 1901Map (db m178616) HM
3Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1129 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1129 Greene Built 1893Map (db m178614) HM
4Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1157 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1157 Greene Built 1891Map (db m178613) HM
5Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1200 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1200 Greene Built 1901Map (db m178618) HM
6Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1219 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1219 Greene Built 1882Map (db m178392) HM
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7Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1227 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1227 Greene Built 1903Map (db m178370) HM
8Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1249 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1249 Greene Built 1875Map (db m178368) HM
9Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1257 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1257 Greene Built 1875Map (db m178358) HM
10Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1269 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1269 Greene Built 1880Map (db m178354) HM
11Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1303 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1303 Greene Built 1895Map (db m178295) HM
12Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1304 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1304 Greene Built 1880Map (db m178619) HM
13Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1309 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1309 Greene Built 1909Map (db m178294) HM
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14Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1323 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1323 Greene Built 1901Map (db m178293) HM
15Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1327 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1327 Greene Built 1901Map (db m178287) HM
16Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1335 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1335 Greene Built 1876Map (db m178284) HM
17Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1338 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1338 Greene Built 1901Map (db m178259) HM
18Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1345 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1345 Greene Built 1907Map (db m178273) HM
19Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — 1371 Greene
Historical Walking Tour 1371 Greene Built 1902Map (db m178626) HM
20Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Arrastra Gulch
Arrastra Gulch - Where It All Began Of all the gulches in the San Juan Mining District, few spanned a full century of activity and none had the diversity of mining companies as Arrastra Gulch. It began in 1870 with the discovery of gold . . . Map (db m177654) HM
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21Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Post Office was established on April 4, 1883, at the head of Mineral Creek. Originally called Sweetville, this small mining community served as a southern staging area for supplies and people coming into the Red Mountain Mining . . . Map (db m179022) HM
22Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — County Jail
Historical Walking Tour County Jail Built 1902 Map (db m178712) HM
23Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Court House
Historical Walking Tour Court House Built 1907Map (db m178255) HM
24Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Hard Rock ResiliencyColorado
"Instant Cities" In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, towns came and went in the San Juan Mountains as abruptly as gusts of wind. A promising mineral strike might spawn a complete settlement - houses, a general store, saloons, . . . Map (db m177508) HM
25Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Historic Site in JournalismThe Silverton Standard & the Miner
The La Plata Miner newspaper began publication on July 10, 1875, after newspaper pioneer John R. Curry managed to haul an old press by pack mule over Stony Pass. The Silverton Standard newspaper began operations in 1889. The two newspapers merged . . . Map (db m176710) HM
26Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Howardsville
Howardsville was the first attempted settlement on the Western Slope of Colorado Territory, although the community was never platted or incorporated. The town was founded in 1874, received the first post office designation in the San Juan . . . Map (db m177655) HM
27Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Liberty Bell?
No. It's the old Town Hall bell, destroyed in the 1992 fire.Map (db m178394) HM
28Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Mayflower Mill
The large complex in the background is the Mayflower Mill. It was built in 1929 to process ore from the Mayflower Mine as well as other mines in the Silverton area. It was constructed by the Shenandoah Dives Mining Company to extract gold, silver, . . . Map (db m177656) HM
29Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Mayflower Mill Tailing Ponds
What are Tailings? In the Silverton region, ore generally contained. only about 5% valuable metals, typically a mixture of lead, zinc, copper, silver, and gold. Most mines sent their ore to a nearby processing plant, known as a mill, which . . . Map (db m177662) HM
30Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Rails Into the San JuansColorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad If not for the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, Silverton might have vanished long ago. The twisting, turning, forty-five-mile spur from Durango took nine months to build; when it finally opened in . . . Map (db m177483) HM
31Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — S.R.R. Caboose
Historical Walking Tour S.R.R. Caboose Built 1880s Map (db m178256) HM
32Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — San Juan County Historical Society Museum
Law and Order on the Frontier Imagine arriving in Silverton in 1903. You're a burly miner, traveling from the metropolis of Denver to the remote high country of the San Juan. You step off the train onto "Notorious" Blair Street, ready to . . . Map (db m177564) HM
33Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — San Juan County Memorial
San Juan County Colorado Dedicated in Memory of Past Present and Future VeteransMap (db m176714) WM
34Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Shady Lady Saloon
This house built in 1888 was the last brothel in Silverton. Madam Jew Fanny closed shop in 1947.Map (db m178401) HM
35Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Shaft "Can" Skip
This shaft can, held about two tons of ore and required an electric- or steam powered hoist to lift it out of the shaft. Shaft cans or "sinking skips" came in different sizes and shapes depending on the size of the shaft and the type of . . . Map (db m177543) HM
36Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silver By The Ton
In 1860, Charles Baker and several prospectors entered the San Juan Mountains in search of wealth. They soon found deposits of gold and silver along the Animas River in an area that was later called "Baker's Park." The prospectors stayed through . . . Map (db m177513) HM
37Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — SilvertonColorado
"One feels," wrote an early Silverton settler, "as if he is shut off from the rest of the world." A fair assessment: In 1874, when its first buildings appeared, the hamlet lay 125 miles from the nearest post office. Though railroad service . . . Map (db m177495) HM
38Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silverton Northern Caboose 1005
History Freight trains commonly had a caboose at the end. In 1871, its first year of operation, the Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) railroad had four cabooses made by Billmeyer & Small. D&RG built 84 more, similar to their design, between . . . Map (db m177561) HM
39Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silverton Standard
The Silverton Standard was housed in the Grand Imperial Hotel for decades up until 1951. Its office is now in the old Miners Union Hospital.Map (db m178390) HM
40Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silverton, Colorado
Located at 9,318 feet above sea level, Silverton is the "Mining Town that Never Quit". Once the hub of four railroads, Silverton was the Queen City of the San Juan's. Captain Charles Baker led a party into this wide valley in 1860 in search of . . . Map (db m176652) HM
41Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silverton's Railroads
Railroads were vitally important to the development of mines, hauling out ore and bringing in coal and supplies. They made mining lower grade ore profitable. Railroads were lifelines in supplying the needs of the people in the mining communities. . . . Map (db m177535) HM
42Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Silverton's Railroads
Railroads were vitally important to the development of mines, hauling out ore and bringing in coal and supplies. They made mining lower grade ore profitable. Railroads were lifelines in supplying the needs of the people in the mining communities. . . . Map (db m178404) HM
43Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Swivel End-Dump Car
This swivel end-dump car has a 1-1/2 ton capacity of ore. It could be handled by a single person and dumped by hand. These small, swivel end-dump cars were most commonly called "one-ton cars," yet they came in a number of sizes ranging from . . . Map (db m177552) HM
44Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Tailings Ponds Reclamation
Reclamation in Action During its more than half century of operation, the Mayflower Mill created four major tailings ponds, two oldest and largest (No. 1 on the right, No. 2 on the left) are in the immediate foreground. Ponds No. 3 and No. . . . Map (db m177663) HM
45Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — The Slaying of Town Marshal Clate Ogsbury
On August 24, 1881, Silverton Town Marshal David Clayton "Clate" Ogsbury was gunned down in a shootout with members of the Stockton-Eskridge Gang outside the notorious Diamond Saloon at the corner of 11th and Greene streets. The gang had ridden . . . Map (db m176711) HM
46Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Town Hall
Historical Walking Tour Town Hall Built 1908Map (db m178257) HM
47Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Trails to RailsRoutes to Southwest Colorado - 1
Trails & Passes ▪︎ The Colorado Rocky Mountains, appearing as a formidable barrier, have trails over almost all 260 passes. ▪︎ A trail is a corridor between two places: usually a network of paths that meet at . . . Map (db m178408) HM
48Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Trails to RailsRoutes to Southwest Colorado - 2
Stony Pass ▪︎ From 1872 until 1882, when the railroad reached Silverton, Stony Pass was the vital link between the San Juan mining districts and supply towns to the east. ▪︎ A practical but tough route from . . . Map (db m178581) HM
49Colorado, San Juan County, Silverton — Wealth of Mining History
This area around you was one of the most productive and rewarding in San Juan County's mining history. The earliest mineral discoveries in the region were made in Arrastra Gulch (ahead and to your right) in the early 1870s. The Little Giant was . . . Map (db m177664) HM
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Jan. 26, 2023