One of Summit Counties youngest Towns, Silverthorne truly is one of the hidden gems of our beautiful county. Although the town was officially created in 1967, its roots dig deep into Colorado history like many other mountain towns.
The Denver Water Board, in 1959 decided to create what is now Lake Dillon, due to the fact that the population in Denver was sky rocketing and there was need for more water and sanitation. As the project became a reality hundreds of people flocked to the Dam in order to work, yet there was not enough housing or space to accommodate all the dam workers.
A local business man: Clayton Hill took it upon himself to create living situations and a small town for all the new found workers. Laying out a few streets and creating a number of small houses Silverthorne became a small town. Located right off the Blue River, where the Silverthorne Pavilion is located now, was the initial location of the Town of Silverthorne.
In 1967 Hill new with the growing population of the small town it was time to put in a water and sanitation system in order to support the growing population. After selling his municipal bonds the sewer system was financed and created thus Hill had officially made his town.
It was now time to name the new found town and Hill looked to the neighboring town of Breckenridge. Here is where Judge Marshall Silverthorn lived. He was a prominent Breckenridge resident, and he was the original owner of the Placer Mining Claim that Silverthorne is now located on. Hill also chose to change the spelling and add an extra e at the end to make it sound more sophisticated then the spelling without an e.
Now Silverthorne is home to almost 4000 full time residents. With hiking, biking, water sports and other outdoor activities Silverthorne provides exactly what most people are looking for in their Colorado home. Having a Recreation Center, Target, the outlet malls and many dining options Silverthorne is a one stop shop, not to mention the access to I-70!