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  • Silverton

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    Silverton was established in 1874 and quickly became the social and economic center of the surrounding mining district.
    Silverton
  • Baker's Park

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    Silverton is located in Baker's Park, where prospector Charles Baker discovered gold in 1860. The park is a valley formed where Cement Creek and Mineral Creek join the Animas River.
    Baker's Park
  • Silverton, 1885

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    Silverton developed slowly until the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1882 sparked a long boom. The town's population quickly doubled to about 2,000.
    Silverton, 1885
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge

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    After World War II, passenger traffic started to increase on the narrow gauge railroad line from Durango to Silverton. By the 1960s, the railroad was actively courting tourists, and after Silverton's last major mine closed in 1991, the railroad's steady stream of tourists helped the town survive.
    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
  • Silverton Today

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    Today Silverton has a population of about 600 and is the only town in San Juan County. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and attracts many visitors interested in its history and natural beauty.
    Silverton Today
  • Town of Silverton

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    The town of Silverton,at an elevation of 9,318 feet along the Animas River, is the county seat and only incorporated town in San Juan County. It was established by prospectors in 1874, after the Brunot Agreement forced Ute Indians from the area.
    Town of Silverton

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