Silver City Details
Status: Active Town
Date Settled: 1870
Current Population: 10,500
Peak Population: na
Elevation: 5,895 Feet ( 1,797 meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver, Copper
State: New Mexico
Silver City Description
The Town of Silver City was formed in the 1870s, after the discovery of silver in and around the Town. Silver City quickly became a boom town, and our Wild West past includes the first arrest and (brief) incarceration of William Bonney, better know as Billy the Kid. Although Bonney moved on, the Kid's family lived in the area for many years, and his mother is buried in the Town's Memory Lane Cemetery.
Today, Silver City is a bustling town with a diverse business community, a four-year university and an award-winning historic downtown.