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early Silverton
S.S. Slocan docked at Silverton wharf

The Silverton Historical Society invites you to explore a small town with a big history. The accidental "discovery" of a delta and the staking of a rich outcrop of galena in the early 1890's, triggered the quick development of Silverton, BC. By the late 1890's the town had six hotels, three general stores, a newspaper (the Silvertonian), a school, and telephone connections to the mines, New Denver and Sandon. After the rush, the population waned and Silverton verged on becoming a ghost town. Now with a population of 250, Silverton remains nestled in the same beautiful lakeside setting that greeted our pioneer prospectors. The Silverton Historical Society's attractions offer a glimpse of life during the silver boom in the Slocan.