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

January 2017

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.

 If you would like to know more about Leyba & Ingalls Arts or Diana Ingalls Leyba, please visit: 





**Next month’s “Spotlight” will feature Patsy Madrid, owner of Vintage Fantasies.**





MainStreet News . . .

Downtown Merchant Spotlight

March 2017

Morning Star

Owners:  Rocky & Lynn Mondello

Celebrating 25 years in Downtown Silver City!


On Saturday, February 25th, Silver City’s own Morning Star celebrated its 25th Anniversary with sales, tours of the facility, hot dogs, raffled prizes and music.  The family owned sports and outdoor recreation store began as a screen printing shop in a different location on Bullard, where a former business had gone into bankruptcy.  Lynn and Rocky Mondello had been travelling back and forth from New York, where Rocky worked as a Union electrician, to Silver City where they owned land and hoped to settle.  With help, they were able to purchase the equipment left from the old screen printing store on Bullard (Hullan’s), and start their own business.  “We didn’t know what we’d gotten into,” says Lynn.  There was high demand from the community, and she mentioned that it was it was overwhelming at first, and a lot of work.  However, the business did well, established a solid customer base in the community, and began to deepen its roots.  Over time, they developed their inventory, introducing sports and outdoor equipment and apparel, and embroidery, as well as trophy and plaque equipment.  After twelve years, they moved to their current location, and continued to evolve into the store we know and love today. 

The Silver City MainStreet Project would like to congratulate Rocky and Lynn and their family and staff for 25 years of business in downtown Silver City.  Thank you for your time and efforts and all that you do for the community!

For more information about Morning Star visit the store at: 809 N. Bullard St. (575) 388-3191, or online at www.morningstarsports.com.




2017 Tour of the Gila

The 31st annual Tour of the Gila, New Mexico’s premiere bicycle race, takes place April 19-23, 2017. The 5-day stage race is one of the most challenging and iconic stage races in the United States. By far, the most popular event during the race is the Downtown Silver City Criterium, to be held on Saturday April 22nd. The entire day brings racing to the Historic Downtown area with a closed course, as racers zoom up and around Bullard, College, Cooper, and Broadway streets. Spectators enjoy the vibrant historic-area galleries, merchants, and restaurants that offer great places to stop in to cool down, shop and partake of Silver City’s great dining scene. More information: www.tourofthegila.com, 575-590-2612.


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2017 Tour of the Gila