Silver City Details
Status: Active Town
Elevation: 5,895 Feet ( 1,797 meters)
State: New Mexico
County: View Grant County Mines
Date Settled: 1870
Current Population: 10,500
Peak Population: na
Primary Mineral: Silver, Copper
Silver City History
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.