Fifteen members and volunteers participated in the Silver City Masonic Cemetery Cleanup. As we traveled the smooth dirt road from Murphy, we passed several groups of ATVers riding the trails. We noticed activity at the Silver Falcon Mine, whose mineral rights cover about 2,000 acres on War Eagle. A reminder of the rich veins that crisscross the mountains.
We reached the 140-year-old cemetery and it stood as evidence of Silver City’s heyday. With two power brush cutters, weed eater, chainsaw and a variety of hand tools, the group tackled the job of clearing the steep, fenced area, paying particular attention to cleaning around headstones. Rock and dirt were moved to prevent further erosion.
Stories on area history were shared as we enjoyed a lunch break under a shade tree. We finished cleaning in mid-afternoon and with tools accounted for, some ventured only a few blocks to inspect dilapidated buildings,visited Pat’s What Not store and the Idaho Hotel’s restaurant.
Thanks everyone for helping.
Bill Jones, Ride Leader