Silver City Past and Present
Silver City sprang into 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, and lies some 55 feet below grade. It was named after the Panama Canal, and is the watercourse for San Vicente Creek
The Silver City Visitor Center and Big Ditch Park provide gateways into Historic Downtown for both visitors and residents. Award-winning Silver City MainStreet Project has provided comprehensive downtown revitalization services since 1985. This vibrant district has over 200 entities including retail and service businesses, art studios, government services, nonprofits, churches, and schools.
Downtown Business Spotlight
Leyba & Ingalls Arts-Supplies & Gallery
315 N. Bullard St.
Owners- Diana Ingalls Leyba & Bob Leyba
Open since November 1, 1996
This month, MainStreet would like to spotlight Diana Ingalls Leyba, co-owner of Leyba & Ingalls Arts. The business recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, having been in downtown Silver City since November 1, 1996. Originally, the store opened its doors on Texas Street (where Diana now keeps a studio space) then moved to the current location, after receiving requests for the business to be closer to Main Street.
Diana hails from Philadelphia, where she received a B.F.A. Magna Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Philadelphia. She also opened and ran a craft and art supply store there. Since moving to Silver City, she has been an essential part of the art scene, having directed the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) Youth Mural Program since 2003, and overseeing the completion of over 60 murals. (www.mimbresarts.org/youth-mural-directing-artists). She is also a key coordinator for the Dia de los Muertos celebration, held at the end of October.
MainStreet would like to congratulate Diana and Bob for 20 years of successful downtown business, and extend a warm “thank you” for their great contribution to the downtown community and to Silver City as a whole.
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**Next month’s “Spotlight” will feature Patsy Madrid, owner of Vintage Fantasies.**