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I had been wanting to go to Silver City for years, ever since I had seen the TV show Northwest Backroads on it. I think that show was about eight years ago. When the snows came on Saturday, I was wondering if I might not make it in this trip. But I decided to hang around and let the roads dry out for a couple of days. Today: Silver City or Bust.

I took the road from Jordan Valley. It is a gravel road freeway all the way to the DeLamar mine that is now closed. After that the road is a single lane windy, twisty, road that I drove at 5 to 20 mph.  I was glad I had waited two days for the roads to dry.  There was still a bit of compacted snow on the road in a few locations.  Following are photos from the drive.

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I always pause to wonder about the life of the people that lived in abandoned houses.  To let a home crumble to ruins strikes me as sad.

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No question who was boss.

Photos of Silver City.

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Also off the road, north of the DeLamar mine is the Wagontown cemetery.  There are no signs, I found photos of it on Google Earth.  There is a rough road to it.  I parked and walk up the hill about a tenth of a mile.

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The Wagontown cemetery road turn off.

The Facts

  • I emailed the hotel to get the road conditions before I left. This year the road from the west was in better shape than the road from the east.
  • Believe the signs and don’t try to take a trailer to Silver City. Although with the right set-up you can make it, you may have to make others backup and your slow progress requiring spotting may be an irritation to others. There are two nice camping spot about a mile after the turn off to the DeLamar mine. After that don’t take a trailer.  I marked the camping spots on my map.