Downtown Attractions in Silver City, NM
Silver City, New Mexico was founded in the 1880s when silver was discovered in the area. Because of a city ordinance passed in 1880 that required masonry construction for new buildings, the Historic District has a wealth of historic brick buildings and adobe structures. A series of devastating floods from 1890 to 1910 washed away the original Main Street. What used to be Main Street is now the Big Ditch some 55 feet below grade and occupied by the Big Ditch Park and numerous walking trails.
The Historic Downtown, within walking distance of the Inn on Broadway, is now the home to over 20 art galleries, several of them located on the Yankie/Texas Streets block. On Broadway, be sure to visit the Common Thread, a women’s fiber arts cooperative and the Silver Spirit Gallery, an artists’ cooperative. Silver City is fortunate to have several unique restaurants (recently featured in the New York Times) providing a variety of amazing dining experiences. Located within the Downtown are:
Curious Kumquat, serving local foods prepared in modern ways and ranked No. 39 on Saveur magazine’s Top 100 List in 2013
Shevek and Co. servng Mediterrean cuisine that is available in tapa, mezze or entree size
Diane’s Restaurant serving salads, steaks, chicken, lasagna with homemade breads
Jalisco’s Restaurant serves Mexican food at its best
Tres Rosat serves burgers, pizza and dinner entrees
We also have several coffee shops and a gelato shop.
Silver City Museum is housed in one of Silver City’s Victorian houses built in 1881. It features exhibits and artifacts from Silver City’s past. Its gift shop has a wonderful Southwest book section as well a variety of unique gifts. It is free and located within the Historic District.
The Western New Mexico University Museum is located on the university’s campus and is the home of one of most comprehensive collections of Mimbres pottery from the prehistoric era. Admission is free.
For more information on the area, contact the Arts and Culture District, or visit the Visitor’s Center located on Hudson Street (NM90). 575-538-5555.
Chocolate Fantasia (MRAC)
MAY – OCTOBER
Silver City Farmers Market
Wild West Pro Rodeo
Studio Tour and Gallery Walk
Lighted Christmas Parade
Tamal Fiesta Y Mas