Leeds - Silver Reef Utah

Leeds Utah

Just off I-15 fifteen miles north of St. George the country town of Leeds is well known for its history. Noted in the past for its abundant fruit and sorghuim, the town has always been the area having the longest growing season in Utah.

Quiet Main Street has numerous buildings dating from the 1800s. Off Main the gosts of the 1930s remain in four stone buildings, the camp of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The Corps was vital to the development of Southern Utah. At the entrance a sign provides information about the site that has been nominated for recognition by the National Register of Historic Places. Leeds Town Hall had been a school in nearby Silver Reef until the turn of the century when it was devided into two parts and moved on logs pulled by teams of horses to its present site. Fifteen houses remain on Main that were built prior to 1900. Friendly people and a long season of pleasant days and nights make this community an enjoyable place to visit.

Silver Reef Utah

Adjacent to Leeds stands the remains of the ghost town of Silver Reef. A mother lode of silver was discovered in the sandstone reefs in 1866. Over 1,500 miners and camp followers poured into the region, digging fabulous wealth out of the sandstone ridges. Several of the town's original buildings have been restored. Visitors can enjoy the Wells Farge building which now houses an art gallery and museum. The Rice Bank building is a gift shop and the Cassidy Power house has become an information center. Snack food and gifts are abailable at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. These buildings are open year-round, everyday except Sundays and holidays.

Surrounding the old town many new and beautiful homes have been built on sites developed for residential use.