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Silt

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Silt was named for the light, fine soil in the area, and it prospered as a frontier town for many years. In 1915 it was the last city incorporated into Garfield County and boasted six dry-good stores and two blacksmith shops.

In 1908, the same year a bridge was built over the Colorado River, one- and two-story buildings lined Seventh Street for six blocks from the railroad tracks to Gozza Gulch, according to “Garfield County: The First Hundred Years,” by Andrew Gulliford.

In 1917, the last of the free Homestead land was claimed and the post office took up residence on the lower level of the I.O.O.F Hall. Cowboys stayed at the Belvedere Hotel.



Pool halls, clothing and drug stores along with a theater and dance hall contributed to a lively atmosphere in Silt and led to several Saturday night brawls.

After World War I, half of Silt’s business district burned to the ground.



Today, streets are paved and the little town is growing. The Valley View Hospital opened the Silt Medical Clinic in 2003. In 2004, an MRI unit was added.

In 2005, Garfield School District Re-2 opened its new Coal Ridge High School in Peach Valley between Silt and New Castle, drawing students from both towns.

The Silt Trade Center, on the east side of town, continues to attract new businesses.

Silt became a home rule municipality after voter approval in November 2006.

Town Hall

231 N. 7th St.

P.O. Box 70

Silt, CO 81652

(970) 876-2353

Mayor

Dave Moore

876-2353

Town Trustees

Mayor Pro Tem Tod Tibbetts

Bobby Hayes

Jim Voorheis

Ron Morgan

Joe Sos

Meredith Robinson

Town Administrator

Betsy Suerth

876-2353

Town Clerk

Sheila McIntyre

876-2353

Town Attorney

Cindy Tester

876-2353

Municipal Judge

Tom Silverman

876-2353

Town Treasurer

Connie Stevens

876-2353

Town Engineer

SGM Engineering

945-1004

Town Planner/Community

Development Director

Gale Carmoney

876-2353

Public Works Director

Gerry Pace

876-2353

Building Inspector

Mike Styk

876-2353

Police Chief

Levy Burris

876-2735

Dispatch: 625-8095

Fire Department

Burning Mountains

Fire Protection District

876-5738


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