Experience living history, including reenactments and shootouts, at Silver Reef event

Undated photo showing actors in historic period costumes during a Silver Reef reenactment event near Leeds, Utah. | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Anyone wanting to experience what life was like in a silver mining town during the 1870s is invited to attend Saturday’s living history event at Silver Reef.

Now a ghost town, Silver Reef is located about 1 mile west of Leeds in Washington County (click here for map). The outdoor portions of the event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and includes two Wild West shootouts, are free and open to the public.

The shootouts, to be staged by volunteers belonging to the Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang, will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to a news release about the event.

“The Old West will come alive as you learn about the era from guides dressed in the clothing of the period,” the release states.

Similar events will take place monthly through the end of the year, with the exception of December, organizers say.

Undated photo showing actors in historic period costumes during a Silver Reef reenactment event near Leeds, Utah. | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

Each month’s activities will also include a lecture delivered by a special guest speaker.

The June 22 lecture will be James Aton, who will talk about “Exploring the San Juan and Green Rivers.” The lecture is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Silver Reef’s Cosmopolitan event center. Admission to the lecture is $4 per person.

Attendees may also visit with nationally renowned sculptor Jerry Anderson in his private studio, located across the street from the museum and open to the public Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the Silver Reef Museum, which is open four days per week, is $3 per person or $10 for family of five (two adults, three kids), or $2 per person for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit the Silver Reef website.

Event details

  • What: Silver Reef historical reenactment event depicting life in an 1870s silver mining town.
  • When: Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Lecture at 10 a.m.
    • Shootouts at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Silver Reef Museum, 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds (click here for map).
  • Cost:
    • Outdoor activities are free and open to the public.
    • Museum admission is between $2-$3 per person, and lecture admission is $4.
  • More information: Call 435-879-2254, email museum@silverreef.org or visit the Silver Reef website.

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