Historic Wallace Idaho

Google Earth tours

The Probalistic Center of the Universe is in Wallace, Idaho The historic mining town of Wallace nestled beneath Interstate 90, halfway between two ski and recreation areas in northern Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley, has long been famous as the "Silver Capital of the World" with 1.2 billion ounces of silver produced in Shoshone county since 1884. Recently, the town realized that it also has to be the "Center of the Universe" based on the science of Probalism recently discovered by the EPA. However, I moved here seventeen years ago because it is literally the "center of a four season mountain recreation paradise."

For all these reasons and more, you need to tour the mountains and lakes around Wallace with Google Earth! A total of thirteen tours are presented below for those of you with this amazing FREE program installed on your system. For those of you who have not yet experienced the wonder of this technology, here is a link to the Google Earth download site:

Jump to Link Table
I-90, Montana Exit 0 camera facing northwest  
Looking northwest toward the Silver Valley from Lookout Pass. Click the image for local and regional weather information.
click to open Accommodations section of the Wallace business page
 
 
Google Earth Animations of the four season mountain recreation universe centered on Wallace Idaho
IF you have the FREE Google Earth program installed, you may open the following tour scripts immediately or save them for viewing later.
Skiing at Lookout Pass
travel over I-90 from Mullan to Lookout Pass, fly over Runt Mountain to explore the Saint Regis Lake Basin and look down on Stevens Peak and its lakes, before returning to Lookout Pass Ski Area for a good view of the runs on the Montana Side (chairlift #2)
      modified October 15, 2008
Skiing at Silver Mountain
travel over I-90 from Pinehurst to the Gondola Village in Kellogg, follow the gondola uphill to the Mountain Haus and then circumnavigate 1600-acre Silver Mountain Ski Area, paying attention to three high risk areas around Kellogg and Wardner Peaks
      modified December 20, 2008
Wallace to Murray
travel north from Wallace up Nine Mile Road over Dobson Pass to the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River and the Gold Rush town of Murray, home of the Sprag Pole Museum
      modified September 27, 2008
Wallace to Burke
travel east from Wallace up the narrow and historic Burke Canyon, where once 5000 miners toiled in the towns of Gem, Frisco, Black Bear, Yellow Dog, Cornwall, Mace and Burke, and then continue on a rough road to the Montana border and the Glidden Lakes
      modified September 27, 2008
Wallace to Pearson
travel south from Wallace along Forest Road 456 over Moon Pass to the Pearson Trailhead on the Route of the Hiawatha
      modified September 27, 2008
Taft to Pearson
travel from the Taft exit on I-90 to the parking lot for the Route of the Hiawatha and continue 15 miles on the mountain bike trail to the Pearson Trailhead
      modified September 27, 2008
Pearson to Avery
travel along the North Fork of the Saint Joe river on the scenic Alternate Milwaukee Road from Pearson to Avery, the little town at the entrance to the Saint Joe Wild and Scenic River Area
      modified September 27, 2008
Avery to Plummer
travel downstream 47 miles from Avery along the Saint Joe River on the multi-use Original/Alternate Milwaukee Road Trail to Saint Maries, and then continue 19 miles on country roads and the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes to Plummer on the Palouse Prairie
      modified September 27, 2008
Plummer to Harrison
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: travel from Plummer 15.3 miles downhill to Heyburn State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene, across the Chatcolet Bridge and along the lake shore to Harrison, population 267
      modified September 27, 2008
Harrison to Enaville
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: travel from Harrison 31.8 miles from the Lake along the Coeur d'Alene River through the isolated Chain Lakes region to Enaville on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River
      modified September 27, 2008
Enaville to Mullan
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: travel from Enaville 24.3 miles, gradually climbing through a series of small towns that make up the famous Silver Valley until Wallace, when the grade increases to a maximum of 3% as the bike trail follows the South Fork upstream to Mullan
      modified September 27, 2008
Mullan to Taft
travel 21 miles from the end of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Mullan on a multi-use dirt road (the NorPac Trail) over Lookout Pass, which continues into Montana to the Taft exit, where the Route of the Hiawatha may be accessed.
      modified September 28, 2008
21 Alpine Lakes
       This tour of 21 alpine lakes found within a 23 mile radius of Wallace proceeds alphabetically. There is currently no flight path among them; I'm working on it.
      modified October 26, 2008
Technical Notes
  1. Make sure that the Terrain checkbox is checked under Layers; please uncheck all other layers to avoid distraction and confusion.
  2. These tours go from placemark to placemark, pausing for 10 seconds at each placemark icon to display information and sometimes a photo. If a tour proceeds without a "balloon" containing text/images popping up at each pause, your local settings have overridden mine. Open your Tools tab, then Options, then Touring. Check the box that reads "Show balloon when tour is paused" and set tour pause to 10 seconds as some photos may take moments to retrieve.
  3. The first placemark in every tour (kml file) is actually a flight path over the places described. If you simply "run" the tour by pressing the triangular button at the bottom of your Places panel on your visible Sidebar, you will only see the first frame of this flight path before the tour moves on to the second (actual) placemark. To see the fly-over first (recommended), press the square "stop" button to halt the first process when the flight path's information balloon appears, and then "run" the flight. The motion should now become smooth and forward looking... although flight through narrow mountain canyons naturally becomes bumpy at times.
  4. If you see a weird looking "wall" (that defines the flight path), make it go away by unchecking the box next to the path name, or move the Places overlay slider to the left to fade it away. The extension of my traveling focal point, 101 meters above the ground, to the ground makes this "wall." This construction is very helpful when crafting a flight path, but may be distracting afterward.

Remember that the aerial photos that make up the Google Earth mosaic were taken at various times... some several years ago, in fact. So you won't see the new Wal-Mart in Smelterville or one of the new expert ski runs at Lookout Pass, but these tours will certainly give you a great perspective on your next vacation.

If these tours make you want to know more about northern Idaho history and culture, hard rock mining and/or full-season mountain recreation in the area, please check out Greg Marsh's Wallace Store with books and sporting goods specifically selected from Amazon's huge inventory to match this unique place in the American West.

Idaho Books and Mountain Recreation Gear
 
 
click to buy Danny Wallace and the Centre of the Universe from Amazon.com
click to open Tourist Attractions section of Wallace business page
click to see the separate larger aerial photos with annotations
click to open the Events and Festivals page
Click on the Sierra Silver Mine Trolly to go to BUSINESS PAGE; photo by Jeff Legg
The Sierra Silver Mine Trolly is about to run over the Center of the Universe on its way to the Wallace BUSINESS page, updated July 20, 2014.
 
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June 06, 2003
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October 10, 2008
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January 27, 2011
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December 29, 2003
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July 20, 2014
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April 02, 2012
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August 06, 2014
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January 15, 2014
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August 16, 2014
Dates indicate when the content or structure of a page was modified. This Google Earth page was last modified on Friday, 30-May-2014 12:37:09 PDT.

 

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Wallace is at the center of a universe filled with mountain recreation and Old West history that you will want to visit more than once. Please tell me what you would like to see on this and other pages at my Historic Wallace Idaho webworks.
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  • Northern Idaho's Silver Valley      Four Season Mountain Recreation Paradise:
    two ski resorts, two long bike trails, a dozen alpine lakes, bountiful wildlife and backcountry solitude in harmony with 130 years of mining history and legend
    silver-valley.com homepage updated December 10, 2013
click to see the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
click to see the Route of the Hiawatha

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