Welcome to the latest edition of ODAAT: one day at a time…
Wednesday, 12 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Silver Boom & Bust On The Reefs
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Silver Reef, Washington County, Utah. WHAT: silver mining ghost town.
MAPS: reef country, and Silver Reef. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
Alert readers of yesterday's feature, especially those who followed the map link, will have seen references to 'reefs'. Discovered in this area, at Silver Reef, was the only commercial quantity of silver found in the United States among sandstone rocks or reefs. The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriot Library has ten archival images, taken when the mines were fully operational, between their establishment in 1876, and abandonment in 1884.
Local historian 'Ranger' Bart Anderson has written a short account of Silver Reef; and Chris Cannon has other details. The featured picture shows the former Wells Fargo building that served the town. The building has been renovated to house a museum, and also serves as the gallery for sculptor Jerry Anderson. Other pictures taken around the Wells Fargo building  show old mine equipment on display, and a model of the old town located in Cassidy's Powder House.
Prosperity has once again returned to Silver Reef. On the day we visited we saw a Bentley Mark VI parked to one side of the road, and a modern Rolls-Royce parked opposite. Perhaps somebody has secretly opened the old workings!
Today's bloom of the day is reminiscent of the ragwort found in the UK, but our new botanical identification policy allows us to venture no further than 'Yellow Flowers'.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)