Silver City of Idaho >> An Idaho Treasure

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

 One of the best little drives one can take if you live in the S.W. corner of Idaho were I do is to the historic town of Silver City.   If you are around my age you will remember Bonanza and The Rifleman, two of my all-time favorite T.V. Shows. Those two shows remind me of Silver City.

When you drive south of the city of Nampa on Highway 45 you will eventually cross the Snake River of Idaho.  You then turn due south on State Highway 78 and you will follow the Snake River for a few miles before you turn do west on the signs that direct you to Silver CitySilver City is about an hour and half drive from Boise, Idaho.

There is a lot of talk about the high mountains of Idaho with the vast mountain ranges and the high mountain lakes dense with heavy pine trees.  While these areas are definitely beautiful I have always had a warm place in my heart for the Owyhee Mountains which surround Silver City.

I first visited Silver City back in the early 70's when I was a teenager.  Several of my cowboy friends and I took drives into the Owyhee Mountains and the first time I saw Silver City, Idaho it was like I was taken back 100 years and more!

Silver City is an old mining town that that did not get burned down or become modernized.  The Idaho Hotel stand just as it did 100 years ago and has been maintained in its original state.  There are outfitters and guides that will take you on a horseback ride you will never forget.  Mountains that stand 8,000 feet high surround Silver City which stands at 6,200 feet.

There are a total of about 75 structures that still remain in Silver City that date back from the 1860's to the early 1900's.  During the thriving days of Silver City it had about a dozen streets,  75 businesses, around 300 homes and a population of around 2,500.  Silver City was the County Seat for Owyhee County from 1866 to 1934.

When you drive and walk in and around Silver City you will see four separate burial areas with some very interesting head stones remaining. Some are quite large and worth photographing.

About 50 miles from Silver City is a ranch owned by some friends of mine.  In the 1980's I was hunting on their ranch when I ran across a village that had several cabins made of rocks piled one on top of each other.  Near this area I saw a headstone that was protected by a rod iron fence.  The headstone had the name of a lady and her infant child. I sat there and my mind just pictured the people that lived there.  How they lived, struggled and how they survived the winters and the other elements of their surroundings.

My friends know how much I love the Owyhee Mountains.  A few years back I was given a book about the Owyhee Mountains.  To my surprise I found the story of this lady and her infant child.  It mentioned the lady's name and how she died.  It was an amazing story that just touched my soul.

The Owyhee Mountains were home to many Indian Tribes and many arrowheads have been found along the banks of some of the creeks in the Owyhee Mountains.  

This is a drive worth taking and as I say, it will take you back a hundred years and you will marvel at the history and the beauty. If you fly into the Boise Idaho Airport you will be less than an hour and a half from Silver City. It will be a trip you will never forget.  Silver City, Idaho.  An Idaho Landmark.

 

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 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

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Ann Cummings
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Hi George - what a lovely post about your area, and you can clearly see you wrote this from your love of the towns and areas you mentioned.  The Snake River - I can remember going to the Snake River Stampede way back when we lived in Mountain Home AFB. 

Are those dirt roads in Silver City that I'm seeing?  Tumbleweeds blowing through town, saloon doors swinging back and forth - that's what that first picture makes me think of.  ;-)

Very nice post on your area - great job!
Ann

Aug 06, 2007 08:10 AM #1
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George Tallabas
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Ann - Thank you my dear friend.  Silver City will always have a special place in my heart.  Have a wonderful and blessed day my friend.

Aug 06, 2007 08:18 AM #2
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Laura Cerrano
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George, the area sounds both facinating for it's history and beautiful with the Mountains at the same time; I rmember both those shows;  your post came across that is shows it has is a special place for you---thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!
Aug 06, 2007 09:29 AM #3
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George Tallabas
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Carole, thank you very much...we are truly blessed!
Aug 06, 2007 09:55 AM #4
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Cristy Smith
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Thanks for the great info and pictures! Silver City looks like a pretty neat place to live.

Cristy

Aug 06, 2007 11:28 AM #5
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George Tallabas
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Christy - Thanks for your comments.  Silver City is awesome!
Aug 06, 2007 01:26 PM #6
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Carol Smith
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George - you certainly have captured my attention with this post!  I am a huge fan of these old abandoned towns.  And that this one has not been converted into some sort of tourist trap is refreshing!  Is there an airport in Boise?  I am thinking I may have to make a trip out there next summer and check this out!  I was thinking of going out to Driggs, but this sounds more exciting!

Another one of my favorite pastimes is reading OLD headstones in some of the little cemeteries that are off the beaten path.  Sounds like I could cover all the bases in Silver City!  Thanks for this post - my mind is in a whirlwind! 

Aug 06, 2007 01:40 PM #7
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George Tallabas
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Carol - Yes, Boise has a major Airport and from the airport to Idaho City would be be just under and hour and a half drive.  Please let me know if you want anymore information and it would be a pleasure for me to provide it.  There is also a neat old town east of Boise only 20 minutes from the Boise airport called Idaho City.  It is a neat town that has been modernized a bit and there is much more history in Silver City. Visiting both my very well be worth the trip.
Aug 06, 2007 01:44 PM #8
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Jack Haydon
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George - what a great p;ost about Silver City - I don't think I've ever been to Idaho - but it looks inviting.

Aug 06, 2007 03:34 PM #9
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George Tallabas
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Jack - Thank you my friend.  It is truly a beautiful state with a lot of history and I am very proud of it. Have a wonderful evening my friend.
Aug 06, 2007 03:41 PM #10
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Margaret Woda
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What a wonderful tutorial on your area!  Your posts are so descriptive, it makes the reader feel like they're right there.  Great job.
Aug 07, 2007 12:06 AM #11
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George Tallabas
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Thank so so much Margaret, have a great day.
Aug 07, 2007 03:53 AM #12
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Dianne Barody
Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty - Pensacola, FL
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Hi George, this is a great post!! I guess I am around your age cause I remember Bonanza and Rifleman.  It is great that it has been maintained in its original state.  Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.
Aug 07, 2007 08:12 AM #13
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George Tallabas
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Dianne - Thank you my friend.  We have some awesome places here in Idaho and we are truly blessed.  I hope all is well.
Aug 07, 2007 09:49 AM #14
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Chris Griffith
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I always show up days after you ask me to.  The only thing missing is screaching tires as I skid to a stop.  LOL

Aug 07, 2007 10:26 PM #15
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George Tallabas
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Chris - Slow down and smell the roses my friend.

Aug 08, 2007 02:12 AM #16
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Ive been to Silver City, and its more beautiful than the pics and description, hope to visit it again.
Oct 21, 2007 03:06 PM #17
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George Tallabas
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Gerald - Thanks for the comment and yes, it is very beautiful
Oct 21, 2007 03:19 PM #18
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Carol Judd
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George  I would love to see your post on the Treasure Hunting Group.  I get to Idaho some  and grew up in Montana.  I love the old towns.

May 19, 2008 09:52 AM #19
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George Tallabas
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Carol - Thank you and I hope you can visit beautiful Idaho

May 19, 2008 03:00 PM #20
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