When the lake was open, steamboats from here carried the supplies brought from Whitehorse to Burwash Landing. The site also served the Chisana gold rush of 1913. When the wagon road was extended around Kluane Lake and the Burwash gold discoveries were made in the 1920’s, Silver City declined. The town was largely abandoned by 1924, when mining activity in the area ceased. In 1942, during the Alaska highway construction, a construction camp was located at Silver City. Approximately 23 structures remain at Silver City, including the military complex, the N.W.M.P. post, and fox farming pens and buildings.