|Fifty miles south of Boise is the town of Silver City, Idaho. After 25 miles on route 78, we travelled 10 miles on a gravel road, climbing up the mountain 15 more miles on a dirt road to get there. The town was once a prosperous mining town of 2,500 residents. Nowadays there are 20 summer residents and 1 winter resident. There are 67 houses, no paved road, no sidewalks, no sewers, no electricity. There are telephone lines leading into the town. At one time, the hotel accommodated 40 guests, now there is room for 20. The hotel serves food and drinks, the refrigerator, lights and radios run off solar-powered batteries. We really enjoyed spending the day there, it was like walking into the past. The drug store was still standing, all jars and bottles stacked neatly on their shelves, but all we could do was stare through the wavy glass. It would be nice if the town was really open to the public like some ghost towns we have visited.