Saying goodbye to Silt

Saying goodbye to Silt

A rural town transforms as the West evolves
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John Dwire and his wife worked with a flatbed farm truck.
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In 1978, the rural, agricultural town of Silt adjacent to the Colorado River still possessed its frontier facades, dirt streets and wooden waterlines. Local bumper stickers proclaimed SILT HAPPENS.
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Silt resident John Dwire replicated the European peasant tradition of riding cows, which were much more common than horses.
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John Cozza and his wife sat on an old car seat in front of their modest home. Cozza lived his entire life in Silt and worked a variety of jobs. He bought the town lot across from his house for $250.
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The oil-shale boom and bust changed Garfield County in the early 1980s but not to the extent that horizontal gas drilling and widespread fracking has transformed the landscape. Nicknamed “Gasfield County,” Garfield County now has more than 8,000 producing gas wells.
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Andrew Gulliford and Stephanie Moran bought their 1,000-square-foot home in Silt in 1978 with a handshake and a $500 down payment.
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In the late 1970s, Jim Farris still farmed with horses. He claimed he could turn them on a dime and leave you a nickel in change.
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