CLIMATE: Big snow in winter and hot in summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Road closed early October through May or June and 4WD recommended in summer during rains.
A worthwhile visit, current residents.Hotel
is open for business - 208-583-4104 Ed Jagels. UPDATE: The owner of the
Idaho Hotel, Ed Jagels passed away July 24, 2001 following a long and courageous
battle with cancer. His love of the Hotel and the history of Silver City
was unsurpassed by none. He was know as Mr.Silver City. He acquired the
Idaho Hotel in 1972. His efforts in the restoration of the hotel have brought
joy to many people from around the world who have wondered what the old
west was like. Because of Ed the Idaho Hotel has been open for buisness
in 3 century's. He left the hotel to his dear friends Roger & Jeri Nielson.
They plan to carry on Ed's dream of seeing the hotel completely restored.
They welcome your visit in remembrance of our dear friend Ed Jagels, Proprietor,
Idaho Hotel. We miss you Ed. Great article on Silver City. Another great article on Silver City.
REMAINS: Many original buildings.
Certainly one of the better ghost towns having enough still standing to give visitors a good idea of how it was in its heyday. Silver City even had a brewery and a bottling plant. Some of the mines produced ore well into the millions of dollars during their lifetime. Silver City started its decline about 1889 when the inevitable began to appear. Even at that time, the city still had six general stores, two hotels, a newspaper, two lumber yards and several doctors and lawyers and, of course, its "Virgin Alley." It is said one married man was added to the population above Slaughter House Gulch by his wife. The cemetery is located above Slaughter House Gulch. Silver City can be found just east of the Oregon Idaho border in the Jordan Valley. Submitted by Henry Chenowith.
Courtesy Dolores Steele