The town of Silverton, Colorado was once a silver mining camp but these days it depends upon tourism for its economy. Most visitors to Silverton arrive via US-550 or the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the area in the town’s center is full of shops and eateries which cater to the tourist trade. Driving into town from the back side, however, presents a different picture, one that is much more as it was back when Silverton was just another remote mining camp in a high mountain valley.