A Town Called Wallace: Small Town, Big Heart

A Town Called Wallace: Small Town, Big Heart, Wallace, Idaho (B)

I’m going to tell you about a town called Wallace, in northern Idaho’s panhandle. It’s a curious tale — full of inspiration, grit, and tenacity. And how the Wallace of today still reflects those same qualities and more. Keep reading to see why it’s a town you’ll love, too.

Wallace was established in 1884, named for Colonel William Wallace, the first settler. When silver lodes were discovered at about the same time, a boom community sprang up around William’s cabin. Wallace became the principal city of “Silver Valley” — an area that has since produced over a billion ounces of silver. Plus a significant amount of lead, zinc, galena, and copper.

As the small town grew within its limited physical space (surrounded by mountains and the south fork of the Coeur D’Alene River), homes were built on the hillsides with a series of wooden stairs and raised boardwalks to access them.

Perhaps that sounds like a rather benign beginning — and a very successful story of fortune and progress. But you’d only be hearing part of the story if I stopped there. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Town Called Wallace: Small Town, Big Heart
Guide Location: USA » Wallace
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Tamara Wilcox
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.postcardsandpassports.com/town-called-wallace-small-town-big-heart/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mining Museum
  • Center of the Universe
  • Silver Shop
  • Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum
  • 6th Street Melodrama Theater
  • Historic Smokehouse BBQ & Saloon
  • Historic 1313 Club
  • Blackboard Cafe
  • Red Light Garage
  • The Inn