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 Stre

et 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 vibran

t district has over 200 entities including retail and service businesses, art studios, government services, nonprofits, churches, and schools.




 Downtown Busine

ss Spotlight

May 2017

Featuring:  Patsy Madrid,

 Proprietor of Vintage Fantasies since 2003

This month the Silver City MainStreet Project would like to spotlight Patsy Madrid, proprietor of downtown’s treasured vintage clothing store, Vintage Fantasies.  Patsy opened her doors in 2003, investing in the building that had previously been The Model Shop,

a high-end boutique and clothing store.  A Silver City native, Patsy recalls walking by the downtown store when she was a child, and looking at all the beautiful dresses in the windows.  Little did she know then, that she would eventually come to own and run a business in that very same building. 

In 2002, after the death of her husband, she decided to let go of her previous occupation of 40 years, as a therapist, and try something new.  She’d had a love of vintage hats most of her life, and had been collecting them since she was 12 years old.  She’d also always enjoyed dressing up the ladies for various occasions, and had volunteered at the university doing fashion shows of vintage clothing.  “I bought the building not really knowing what direction I was going…” says Patsy, but it all quickly fell into place. 

Even the original mannequins, which had been sold when The Model Shop went out of business, eventually found their way back to the building.  Patsy recalls that when she started out, she didn’t have any mannequins, and about a month after buying the building, people who had purchased the original mannequins started bringing them back to the shop. “It’s like they had to come home.  So some of them don’t have fingers or hands” she says, “but they’re original, and they just had to go back in the window.”

These days, Patsy’s clientele ranges from New Mexico travelers, folks from Tucson to El Paso, and many tourists who come in search of fun and fabulous vintage clothing.  And of course, the store has a devoted group of Silver City followers, ladies, men and children alike, who seek unique finds for various occasions.  Patsy says, “I listen to what my customers want, and try to keep the prices really low, especially for the young kids {homecoming/prom}.  And Silver City’s so great, there’s always a themed party going on and I try to have a little bit of everything.” 

Thank you to Patsy and Vintage Fantasies for providing a unique vintage clothing experience to downtown Silver City for over 14 years!  For more information about Vintage Fantasies, call, (575) 388-4081 or visit the store at 412 N. Bullard St.










MainStreet News . . .

Celebrating Big Ditch Park

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 to 2, join Silver City MainStreet in celebrating our very special Big Ditch Park during Continental Divide Trail Days. The park is part of the San Vicente Trail System and the Silver City Urban Trail System. On Saturday at the Kelly Street Entrance to the Park the Mimbres Region Arts Council will be working on the mural that depicts the history of the floods in the early 1900's that created the Big Ditch. The Big Ditch Crickets will be playing fiddle tunes for your dancing pleasure from 11 to 1:30. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the lovely riparian area.

MainStreet Streetlight Project

Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 18:29

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, workers from Gila Valley Electric and representatives of the town of Silver City and Silver City MainStreet Project celebrated the installation of one of the final streetlights for the second phase of the streetlight project.

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