CLIMATE: Warm winter, hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT:Winter, spring, fall
Current ranch community.
REMAINS: A few occupied buildings.
Although Silver was first settled in the late 1880s, its importance as a town did not come until 1940 when an oil field was discovered about a mile from the schoolhouse. Up to that time, the town averaged only ten residents. It took only a few years for the population to grow to a thousand residents, most living in modest homes built and owned by the Sun Oil Company. By1949, Sun had brought in fifty-nine producing wells in what had become known as the Jameson Oil Field. In addition to a million-dollar school building, the town had several churches, a recreation hall, grocery stores, cafes and other businesses to support the population. As happened before to other oil towns, Silver began its decline in the mid 1960s when Sun Oil closed most of its operations due to declining production. The town returned to what it was prior to the 1940s, a ranch community with about six occupied homes. SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenoweth
The article regarding the ghost town of Silver, Texas states that oil
was first discovered in 1940. In 1946 my father, Jack Keith, was the Foreman-In-Charge
of the Discovery Well, on property owned by Allen Jameson. This well was
drilled and brought in as an oil producer in 1946.