The Big Ditch, downtown Silver City…


What a glorious day we have here today. Currently, 61° F with brilliant, clear-blue skies. Max and I walked downtown to 3 Dog Café for a latté, but they aren’t open on Monday so we went to Java the Hut instead!! This small town has four – count ’em – four espresso places! The 3 Dog Café got the best review on yelp.com so I am looking forward to another attempt tomorrow morning.

When I tied him outside Java the Hut and opened the door to go in, a woman sitting on a couch said, “Oh, he can come on in! Dogs are welcome here.” So, in he went, and made instant friends with the two women sitting having coffee. He was pretty adorable as he sat in his most perfect, upright Poodle pose hoping that the woman making my latté had dog treats somewhere! She didn’t, but I had a pocket full and kept rewarding his charming behavior!

On the way, we spotted this beautiful butterfly on a flowering tree:

I have no idea what this butterfly is! Any guesses?

And a cool wrought iron gate…

And check out this retro shopping area sign!

How retro is this!?

Not far away on Bullard Street, the Isaac Cohen house looked stunning against the blue sky:

Isaac Cohen house, built in 1882, on Bullard Street in Silver City,NM.


Closeup of the roofline of Isaac Cohen house.

We took my latté for a walk along the Big Ditch Park:

We were the only ones walking along the Big Ditch this morning – a pretty, peaceful meander.


Looks like the Big Ditch was washed right down to bedrock…



How beautiful! Forsythia is one of my favorite springtime blooms…







The Warren House (visible in photo above) – at the end (or beginning) of the Big Ditch Park, is the only house left standing after the 1895 flood that washed away Silver City’s Main Street and created the Big Ditch:

Warren house is the only house left standing when the floodwaters washed Silver City's Main Street away in 1895.

All in all, it was a lovely little walk. Max and the latté behaved well…

As we walked home, we spotted this flowering cactus in somebody’s side yard:

Flowering cactus in Silver City.

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About Maureen Farr

I am a graphic and web designer – and the publisher of the print version of Arts Guide, a free guide highlighting the arts, dining, events, and more on the coast of Maine. In addition, I am a visual artist working in mixed media and encaustic, as well as creating found object jewelry. I am currently at work revising a short novel that I wrote as a participant in the 32nd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest.
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4 Responses to The Big Ditch, downtown Silver City…

  1. Marilyn Wheeler says:

    Charming! Thanks for the spring walk. (May have an i.d. on the butterfly later, if someone doesn’t name it first.)

  2. Joni says:

    Wonderful pics…So good to see flowers and the nice dry warm walkabout! We can’t seem to get Spring going here in the East. Thank you for all your sharing!

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Thanks Joni, don’t worry. spring is always late in Maine – I’m sure this year it feels worse due to the harsh winter you all had. I’ll encourage it along in your direction!

  3. It is a Mourning Cloak butterfly.

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