SILVER CLIFF TOWN PARK: Playground, ball diamond and more. Learn more about the park

SWIMMING: Club America has open swim hours on Fri - Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 719-783-0750.

SENIOR CENTER: Located on the first floor of the Town Hall at 612 Main Street in Silver Cliff. Lunch is served on Mon, Tues and Thurs at noon.  Call 719-783-9508 for reservations.  Click here for Menu



WELCOME TO SILVER CLIFF, COLORADO

Silver Cliff is a small town, pop. 589, located in the Wet Mountain Valley in south-central Colorado in Custer County. Located along State Highway 96 at an elevation of 7,982 feet, Silver Cliff has spectacular views of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and retains a small-town atmosphere.

 
 SILVER CLIFF, COLORADO, IN THE BEAUTIFUL WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY SITS BETWEEN THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND THE WET MOUNTAI

HISTORY

Silver Cliff, once a silver boom town, is located in the Wet Mountain Valley. The first permanent settlers arrived in the valley in 1869. The following year a colony of more than 100 German families from Chicago took up homesteads in the valley. The search for mineral wealth would soon bring prospectors into the region. The mining boom near Rosita created a demand for a new county and Custer County, named from General George Armstrong Custer, was created in 1877 from what had been part of Fremont County. The town of Ula was the first county seat. A few months later Rosita became the county seat.

Silver Cliff came into being when silver was found on a sheer cliff beside the present location of the town. In June 1878, it was discovered the dark greasy-looking rock, when melted, turned out to be 75% silver and was given the name horn silver. Silver Cliff's "boom" then began.

Silver Cliff became an incorporated town in February 10, 1879. The Silver Cliff Town Hall and Fire House constructed in 1879 and early 1880 held the first town meeting in the new town hall on April 10, 1880.

 
SILVER CLIFF IN 1894
 

Silver Cliff is indicative of the "boom and bust" cycle that was typical of many Colorado mining communities in the late 19th century. Perhaps the best description was provided by Crofutt, in his 1881 Grip-Sack Guide, who described Silver Cliff as "the infant of September 1878, the mushroom of 1879, and the giant of 1880." By 1881, estimates of the number of people living in Silver Cliff ranged from 6,000 to 16,000. The official census, conducted in June 1880, listed a population of 5,040. This figure placed Silver Cliff as the state's third largest city, behind only Denver and Leadville.

Despite its large population, the terminus of the D&RG RR was placed a mile to the west in 1881, securing the existence of Westcliffe. And by 1882, the process of decline for Silver Cliff had begun. The mining boom was over, and with the closing of mines and mills, businesses began to close and the population decreased. Many businessmen and home owners put their buildings on rollers and moved them to Westcliffe. Abandonment of a nearby railroad line in 1888 further isolated the town and by 1900, the official census records listed a population of 576.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Visit our Silver Cliff Museum page for more on the town's history, or go to our New Business Resources page to learn more about what Silver Cliff has to offer.  Also learn more about our neighboring town of Westcliffe and Custer County by visiting their websites:  Town of Westcliffe  Custer County

CUSTER COUNTY SENIOR CENTER can be found in Silver Cliff in the same building as the Town Hall visit their facebook or website.

GEYSER GATEWAY MEMORIAL

MEMORIAL BRICK ORDER FORMS

Brick order form     Clip Art and receipt form

You will have to print these forms and bring them to the Town Hall

or mail them to: Town of Silver Cliff, PO Box 154, Silver Cliff, CO 81252

with your payment.

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