Silver City MainStreet Project, encouraging a vibrant historic downtown

Silver City sprang to life during the summer of 1870. The discovery of silver brought thousands of miners, and merchants followed in their footsteps. The town’s founders decided Silver City would be “built to last.” In 1880, an ordinance was passed requiring masonry construction for new buildings in the city limits. This left behind a wealth of solid commercial buildings, brick Victorian homes, and adobe structures.

A series of devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away the original Main Street and all but one of its handsome brick buildings. The stately Warren house by the Market Street pedestrian bridge is the sole survivor. What used to be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch Park, and lies some 55 feet below grade. It was named after the Panama Canal, and is the watercourse for San Vicente Creek.

Silver City MainStreet is an accredited New Mexico MainStreet program committed to working with our community to revitalize the economy in our historic downtown. We do this through:

  • Improvements to and preservation of our historic district
  • Development of new and creative uses for downtown buildings
  • Collaboration and promotion of downtown events

Since 1985, Silver City MainStreet has completed numerous projects to improve the economic vitality of downtown Silver City.

Explore downtown Silver City, New Mexico with our comprehensive guide. Discover a map of downtown and a list of restaurants, shops, galleries, and hotels to enhance your visit to this charming historic small town.

The Voices of MainStreet

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Sharing our unique historic assets

Silver City MainStreet’s many successful projects include Street Lights, Silver City Gateway Arch, Big Ditch Park development, numerous beautification projects, and restoration of the historic Silco Theater. Stories From Our Streets: Discover the Town That Was Built to Last, a downtown walking tour highlights the colorful history of our downtown. Tour booklets are available at the visitor center, downtown merchants, with an audio and written version available online.

Contact Us

Silver City MainStreet
201 N. Hudson St.
PO Box 4068
Silver City, NM 88062


Support Silver City with a donation to MainStreet!

Stories from Our Streets

Discover the town that was “built to last” in an interpretive walking tour of historic buildings narrated by the people who have occupied them, past and present.


Street Fair

Main Street Plaza was completed in March 2020. This downtown festive space hosts a variety of public events, dances, and fun!
Learn about our Projects

Silco Theater

The Silco Theater is restored and we maintain the building. Please donate to become a Friend of the Silco for just $100 and receive a punch-card for 6 movies!