Silver Reef Ghost Town

William Tecumseh Barbee was one of the earliest people to prospect for silver in southwest Utah and made one of the most significant discoveries. His initial claims in Silver Reef were staked in 1875, and with a large rush of prospectors and miners brought in, the mine and mill were in full operation by 1878.

At its height, Silver Reef had a population of 2,000. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurants, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town and 3 cemeteries.

As the price of silver dropped, mines gradually began to close. By 1884, most were closed and by 1901, most buildings had been demolished. The old Wells Fargo bank still stands today and now houses a small museum and gift shop of the once bustling mining town.

Rusted mining wagon, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Rusted airplane frame, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

rusted gold mining cart, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

rusted mining wheel, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

model of Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT
Model of the town in its hey-day.

Wells Fargo bank, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT
The original Wells Fargo bank (now a museum / gift shop).

Wells Fargo wagon, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Wells Fargo bank vault, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT
Original vault and safe.

Wells Fargo bank safe, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

shaving tool kit, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

revolvers, guns, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Main Street, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Elk Horn Saloon, Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

Abandoned, Silver Reef Ghost Town, Utah, UT

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