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Unusual greeter was featured attraction

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Two Gun Willie was a featured attraction at Silver City, Idaho.

The old mining town had seen better days, and so had “two gun.”

Willie was born William James Hawes in 1876, right in the town, that in its heyday had some 2,500 residents.

Willie became the guardian of the ghost town after mining diminished and the houses wore out and slowly tumbled to the ground.

Silver City is 75 miles from Boise, the final 23 miles from Murphy on a dirt-and-clay road that you want to stay away from when it’s been raining.

Murphy is the county seat of Owyhee County and is frequented by people who drive...

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