Silver Reef

Southwestern Utah

A few of the original buildings remain intact, while others are crumbling at this 19th-century silver-mining ghost town. The restored Wells Fargo building houses an art gallery and museum with diagrams providing a more detailed look at Silver Reef. You do need them because it's hard to imagine, given the encroaching subdivision. It's 18 miles northeast of St George.

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