David Dahle

David Dahle

Posted on 01/24/2016

Photo taken on August 30, 2014

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Silver City, ND

Silver City, ND
When Garrison Dam started construction in 1945, several boom towns sprang up along what is now ND 200 (then ND state route #7) between the dam site and US 83. These towns were Riverdale, Dakota City, Big Bend, Silver City, Sitka, American City, Gateway, and on the other side of the dam, Pick City.

When McLean Electric Coop was organized and built its first line in 1947, it was from a sub on OTP's system near Underwood to serve at least Big Bend, Dakota City, and Silver City.

As construction wound down at the dam in 1953, the population of these towns collapsed as quickly as they had formed. By the 1970s, only Riverdale and Pick City remained - the former because of its status as the dam's base of operations and the latter as a convenient stopping point for those coming into the area for recreation. The rest had already disappeared from the landscape - except for this solitary cabin, which has been said to be where Silver City once stood.

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