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Silver City, California

Coordinates: 36°27′50″N 118°39′03″W / 36.46389°N 118.65083°W / 36.46389; -118.65083
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Silver City
Silver City is located in California
Silver City
Silver City
Position in California.
Coordinates: 36°27′50″N 118°39′03″W / 36.46389°N 118.65083°W / 36.46389; -118.65083
Country United States
State California
 • Total0.576 sq mi (1.491 km2)
 • Land0.576 sq mi (1.491 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation6,732 ft (2,052 m)
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID2585449
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver City, California

Silver City is a census-designated place (CDP) in the mountainous area of central Tulare County, California.[2] Silver City sits at an elevation of 6,732 feet (2,052 m).[2] It lies 72 km ENE of Visalia, California, within the boundary of Sequoia National Park. The 2010 United States census reported Silver City was uninhabited.[3]

Silver City is the name of an inholding in Sequoia National Park located at Mile 21 on the 25-mile road to Mineral King.[4] It consists of 58 fee-simple lots, 39 of which have cabins on them, plus a commercial area consisting of a store, restaurant and several rental cabins called the Silver City Mountain Resort.[5] It is classified as a transient non-community because it is occupied only during the spring, summer and fall but not during the winter.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km2), all of it land.


Archaeological evidence indicates that the area surrounding Silver City has supported indigenous peoples for thousands of years.[citation needed] A Yokuts tribe called Wukchumni established permanent campsites along the Kaweah River in the lower elevations below Silver City.[citation needed] During the hot summers, these people moved to the higher elevations, thus becoming the first users of the Silver City area.[citation needed] They traded with the Monache and the Numic peoples who came over the Sierras from the eastern side in hunting and foraging movements.[citation needed]

The first settler of the modern historical era homesteaded Silver City in 1856; Hale Tharp. In 1858 Tharp’s brother-in-law, John Swanson, erected a dwelling there.[citation needed] For several subsequent years, valley ranchers used the alpine areas during the summer heat, allowing their cattle to graze there.[citation needed]

By 1873, sufficient metal ore had been identified in the nearby mountains to cause a minor gold rush. Although short-lived, it consolidated Mineral King and Silver City into viable summertime communities.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived July 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver City, California
  3. ^ "2010 Census P.L. 94-171 Summary File Data". United States Census Bureau.
  4. ^ The county-owned Mineral King Road is not maintained in wintertime, and due to heavy snowfall the road is closed.
  5. ^ [1] Resort website home page
  6. ^ [2] History of Silver City, Silver City Mountain Resort (website)