Reilly townsite, which is next to Nadeau Trail Rd, formed after miners discovered high-quality silver nearby. The town, named after Edward Reilly who led the silver mining operations, included a post office, corrals, many small homes, and a water tower.
Ultimately, miners found little silver near Reilly, and the settlement did not last long. Crumbled buildings and well-preserved retaining walls still survive, but suspected looting has caused portions of the walls and housing to crumble. According to records, two or more Chinese men built the retaining walls.
Please preserve cultural sites so they may be enjoyed and used for interpretations for future generations. Do not collect “souvenirs” at sites lest history and culture be forgotten.
Submitted by: Felicia Luna
Mining; Stone wall; Structure; Town