In the late eighteen hundreds southwest Idaho was the most populated county in the territory. The discovery of silver and gold caused a mining boom that brought crowds and modern conveniences such as electricity and telephones. Around 250 mines were in operation. Now there are none. Silver City was one of the major cities in the Idaho Territory. Now it is a living ghost town. The streets are not paved. Visitors usually arrive in four-wheel drive vehicles and have to bring their own food, water and fuel. A few buildings, such as the school and hotel are restored and maintained and are open to the public.
On one rocky hill sits Our Lady of Tears Catholic Church. Services are still held there on Sunday and it is available for weddings.
One website states, “Couples should note that Our Lady of the Tears Church has no bathroom facilities or dressing or changing rooms. “Rustic” style bathrooms are available at the foot of the hill on which the church sits; these are maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.”
Original Watercolors by me. The colt painting has nothing to do with the post. I just added it for fun.