Silver Reef, Utah


Silver Reef Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1875

Current Population: none

Peak Population: ~2,000

Elevation: 3,796 Feet (1,157 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

State: Utah

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Silver Reef Description

Silver was first discovered near Silver Reef in 1866. However, skepticism over finding silver in sandstone resulted in that early discovery to be dismissed. It wasn't until 1875 that interest in the area was renewed and mining began in earnest.

In the mid-1870's the mining district of Pioche, Nevada was starting to decline and miners were relocating to the new strikes at Silver Reef. By 1879 Silver Reef had around 2,000 inhabitants and a vibrant business district on a main street that was over a mile long. Silver Reef's boom was short however, and by 1884 most of the mines had closed. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made at redeveloping mines in the area and today Silver Reef is a ghost town with a few remaining buildings.

The Wells Fargo Express office building in Silver Reef has been restored is considered one of the finest mining-era buildings in Utah.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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