A Town Called Wallace: Small Town, Big Heart

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

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))
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  
Author: Tamara Wilcox
Read it on author's website: http://www.postcardsandpassports.com/town-called-wallace-small-town-big-heart/