In 1860, the building of the Mullan Road brought rumors of gold in the area. Twenty years later, Andrew J. Prichard discovered gold near the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. In 1884, silver was discovered in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. By 1890, Wallace became the hub of one of the richest mining districts in the world. Early days were rough and tumble and names such as Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane and Mollie b’Damm were present near the county seat located at Murray. The entire city of Wallace is listed on the national historic register.
Historic Wallace is located about 20 miles west of the Montana state line on I-90. In addition to the entire downtown being listed on the National Historic Registry, it has drawn national attention from the movie industry with the filming of “Dante’s Peak,” and out door enthusiasts with the “Silver Country” 1000 mile trail system.
Hunt, fish, camp or walk among the giant cedar trees on the north fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Hiking or biking on the 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the unique and scenic Route of the Hiawatha have become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts from around the country.
Ride ATVs, snowmobile or experience deep-powder snow at two premier winter ski resorts just minutes from Wallace. At the Idaho/Montana border, Lookout Pass ski area boasts early and frequent snow and a 4-lane expressway right to the parking lot. Silver Mountain Resort, located in Kellogg, includes upscale condominiums, golf course and indoor water park, along with new lodging properties.
Housed in the oldest wood frame structure in Wallace and the site of Frank Kelly’s paint and wallpaper store as well as the former Lux Bordello, the Sixth Street Melodrama offers cultural plays and family entertainment throughout the year. The summer performances consist of actual stories and histories of the region.