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.
231 N. 7th Street
P.O. Box 70
Silt, CO 81652
Mayor Pro Tem Tod Tibbetts
Town Planner/Community Development Director
Public Works Director
Burning Mountains Fire Protection District
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