Silver City (aka Stuck City)
Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
40Trip End Jun 04, 2013
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The area has been the home to one group or another for over the last 10000 years. But the main reason we came here was to see the Gila Cliff dwellings. From the late 1270's to around 1300, Mogollon people built numerous dwellings in the cliff caves above the Gila river. Approximately 40 rooms built of rock mortar and timber were built to house 60 people. Not a great deal is known about their brief time here or why around 1300 they just left the area. However the ruins are in quite good shape and one of the few that you can enter the structures
Silver City proper is an interesting mix of old Victorian buildings adobe structures and home to a thriving artistic community. We had a good morning wandering around town looking at the shops, the local museum and enjoying the falling snow?? !! Yes, about 5 cm of the white stuff fell that day. Luckily when the sun came out the next day most of it was gone. The town is a little rough round the edges but none the less a funky place to hang out, and boasts the best playground EVER - awesome play structures and climbing walls for all kids up to 12years old. The town spent a lot of money making this great park. The boys spent a fun afternoon there!
February 12 was Carolyn's birthday so after the usual birthday fair of opening presents we were off to go rock hounding. Something she has been looking forward to for while. With a map in hand and directions from the camp ground owner off we went.40 miles of highway driving, the 7 miles of dirt roads, and the 3 miles of dirt track, off in nowhere
We enjoyed Silver City and may some day come back but only if the weather is warmer !!!