For Immediate Release
Andrew Peterson/Eric Fleming
Silver Reef Foundation INC
Museum: (435) 879-2254 Eric’s Cell: (435)-879-1161
Silver Reef Museum Approaches 10,000 Visitors
Reopened in July 2013
Leeds, UT – In March 2015 the Silver Reef Museum in Leeds will have their 10,000th visitor to the museum since reopening in July of 2013. The museum staff anticipates this milestone being reached on the 12th or 13th of March. The Museum was closed for about half a year before the Silver Reef Foundation took over the duties of running and maintaining the Museum, located in the old Wells Fargo building from the silver mining heyday of 1875-1890. Silver Reef is notable as one of the few locations in the world where silver was discovered in sandstone and 7.5 million troy ounces were extracted during this period.
The Silver Reef Foundation has worked to improve the exhibits in the museum and has made an effort to offer a variety of special programs. Major accomplishments include adding a walking trail and map that takes visitors to the old ruins of the ghost town and provides information on the recreations and remains of the structures. The museum has also offered a variety of special events including history/archaeology lectures, geology lectures, guided walk of the town led by Dr. Robert Schuyler of the University of Pennsylvania, the archaeologist, who performed the archaeological survey of the town in the 1980’s, and an annual series of “Ghost Nights” when the old residents of the town return to tell their stories. The museum is planning on having about 10 events in 2015 up from 4 in 2014. Additionally, the museum has worked with the county school district and began pilot testing an educational field trip program for 4th grade students that focuses on the role of Silver Reef in Utah history.
The Museum Director, Eric Fleming has been giving tours for years and is a mother lode of information on the history of Silver Reef.
About Silver Reef Museum
The Museum is located at 1903 Wells Fargo Road in Leeds, UT and is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays form 10:00 AM- 5:00PM. Admission is $3.00 per individual and is $10.00 for a family. More information about the Silver Reef Museum can be found at SilverReef.org.