The trees are hiding most of this older Catholic church that used to ring the church bells every hour and you could hear the bells all over town. Everyone told time by the bells. I can't say for sure but I have heard that it isn't real bells now but a recording. I tried to research it some but couldn't find anything. You can see the top of the church like this from my parents home on D Street. The church is on Market Street.
Views of the Grant County Courthouse as Silver City is the County seat. This courthouse has been here over a hundred years.
The old Grant County Bank building. Not sure what it is used for now. The clock has been a well known fixture in Silver since the building was built over a hundred years ago.
Looking down D Street to where the hillside is that has never had any houses on it but there are still a few old mining holes on it. My parents house was at the base of the hill as seen in the next photo. You can see just the top of the house in this photo. We didn't stop as we don't know who lives there now. You can almost see the short little rock walls in front that I spoke about with one of the other photos. Behind this house there is a steep little canyon that has Yankee Creek running through it. Yankee Creek actually runs through part of downtown Silver City after it leaves this canyon. The birds flock to the creek and the trees that surround it. We have seen just about any kind of bird that there is in New Mexico except waterfowl - sparrows, chickadees, blue birds, bluejays, hawks, owls, eagles, thrush, mockingbirds, hummingbirds and others. We have also seen lots of skunks, a few raccoons, javalina (wild pigs, but not a feral pig) deer, fox, coyotes and once a bear. This area is full o most of the native plant life found around Silver City and a lot of non-native plants that have gone wild there as the seeds blew in or were brought by birds and animals. It was an interesting place to live and still be able to say you lived in town.
This is the dead end section of D Street but there is a house on each side of this house. So 3 homes on the dead end. If you look up D Street from this house you see, first Market Street where the church is that rings the bells about 3 blocks down Market St. Looking across Market and on up D St. for about 4 blocks you can see Western NM University where we went to collage. Since it was so close we usually walked up to our classes getting some exercise before sitting at a desk. My sisters lived in this house with my parents when they were in collage. Lee and I were married and lived in the house to the right side of my parents so I walked to collage, too. Dad was working for the forest service at that time after retiring from the Air Force and Lee was just out of the Navy and working as a mechanic at Birchfield Motor Co. that sold cars and worked on them. I noticed that Birchfield's is now a feedstore.
The Drifter Hotel, restaurant and bar where Lee and I hung out with our friends a lot when we lived in Silver City from about 1973 to 1976 when we moved to Albuquerque, NM. I've no idea how long it has been there.
To find out more about Silver City you can search it on the internet. A good place is http://local.townsquarepublications.com/newmexico/silvercity/index.html I have just barely touched the surface of what there is to do and see in Silver City and Grant County. More posts to come on some of it.