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Default Ghost Town: Sliver Reef

Site: Silver Reef
Alternate Names: Bonanza City, Rockpile
County, State: Washington County, Ut
Years of Occupation: 1875-1884
Status of Site: Open
Classification: 5A-Historic Town
Type: Mining
Remnants: There is a restored museum and gift shop, along with some building remnants, and a cemetery.

Site history:
Silver Reef was discovered between 1866 and 1870 (There are many different stories about the founding of this town) However in 1874 a man named William T Barbee is credited with getting the mining going. In 1875 he had 21 claims. In 1876 Silver Reef became an established town. Main street was over a mile long. Silver Reef had over 2000 people living here. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurant, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town and 3 cemeteries. In 1891 the last mine shut down, about 25 million dollars worth of ore had been taken from the mines here. Between 1891 and 1901 another $250,000 of ore was taken out of the area. The old Wells Fargo Express office is on the National Historical Register and is now a museum. The old bank is now a gift shop

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Directions to Get There:
Take EXIT 22 toward UT-228 S/Leeds.
Follow .7 miles, turn left onto Silver Reef Road.
Follow .4 miles, Silver Reef Rd becomes Oak Grove Rd.
Turn left on Silver Reef Drive (just past Juniper Way; if you reach High Desert Rd, you’ve gone too far.)
Turn right on Wells Fargo Road.

We will be visiting this town next week, and will provide fresh photos.
"As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote" - Herman Melville
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