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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
Morning Star: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary
Owners: Rocky and Lynn Mondello
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 traveling 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.