There are a lot of interesting businesses in this town of 784
intrepid souls living at the Center of the Universe, colocated
with the Silver Capital of the World.
This page attempts to list them all by category
with links to their websites and e-mail addresses when appropriate.
The 2008 town map is presented in separate windows as a
1008 pixel, 96 dpi JPG image, a
10.5 inch, 300 dpi JPG print,
and as the original
An interactive map
of downtown Wallace, as it was in the spring of 2001,
may also be opened in a separate window.
Wallace businesses that
opened, closed, moved across town or changed ownership since
then are itemized below this archival map up until the end of 2006.
My personal quest, reasons for moving to Wallace, and lessons learned
during my transition from scientist to weblord are discussed in the
"Opportunity of a Lifetime,"
last updated in April 2007. Since we have had a national recession since
then, and I'm still here, an update is obviously on my to-do list.
Click on the color bars to return to this page position.
This is the only tour of its kind in the Northwest. It offers
a rare and exciting opportunity to personally experience the
underground world of mining in the richest silver district on
earth. The tour begins by boarding a sixteen passenger trolley.
On the short trip to and from the mine portal, a narrated tour
is given of Historic Wallace. Hard hats are issued at the portal
and an experienced miner is your guide as you walk through the main
drift of the mine. Displays and exhibits are explained so people of
all ages may safely observe equipment in operation and see
modern and historical techniques used to mine silver, lead
The Silver Valley
is the richest primary silver producing mining region
in the world. As the center of the mining district and a hub of
commerce, Wallace earned the title of the Silver Capital of the World.
In just one hundred twenty-five years, over 1.2 BILLION Troy ounces of
silver have been produced from mines in this valley,
along with 8.4 million tons of lead and 3.3 million tons of zinc.
More than five hundred thousand Troy ounces of gold and over two hundred thousand tons
of copper have been produced from these mines as well. At the beginning of 2010,
about 700 people work in Silver Valley mines, where another billion ounces
of silver waits to be extracted from thousands of feet below the surface.
The museum captures the impact
of mining history with artifacts and exhibits depicting the hardships,
toils and home life of the period. An exhibit of photographs and
commissioned paintings helps bring the reality of those early days
to light. An eighteen minute video about the gold and silver rushes of the
1880's, the mining wars of the 1890's, the Great 1910 Fire and everything else
that has happened since then, is shown by request in a thirty seat theater.
The elegant chateau styled depot, which houses the two story
museum, was built at the turn of the century with unique brick
transported from China and concrete panels made from mine tailings.
Railroads have been an integral part of the mining district since
1887. In 1976, while still in business as a railroad station, the
depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A
decade later, after the station closed, it was moved 200 feet to
make way for the completion of Interstate 90. The celebrated move,
rehabilitation and conversion to a museum cost nearly two-thirds
of a million dollars.
Each year in early May, the town celebrates
in conjunction with a Classic Car Show that draws
entrants from the entire Inland Northwest.
When the final occupants of the Oasis Rooms left in January 1988
(the last recorded date in the "hotel" registry), they seemed to have
left in a hurry. Clothing, makeup, toiletries, food and personal
items were all left behind. An accurate and tastefully-presented
twenty-minute tour of the upper rooms explains the mystery of the
ladies' hasty departure and gives a glimpse into the town's bawdy
past with details that range from poignant to hilarious. The main
floor is an unusual gift shop adorned with Robert Thomas murals
that depict the realities of mining in an earlier era. The two-story
brick building began its existence in 1895 as a hotel and saloon,
and is one of the few structures in Wallace to survive the famous
1910 fire. At that time, Wallace men outnumbered women by nearly 200
to 1. The Oasis was one of FIVE brothels operating without hindrance
on Wallace's main street until 1973.
Since 1984, this cozy and unique 80-seat theater has encouraged
audience participation during its melodramas and musical variety
shows performed year-round. Built in 1891, the Lux Building is
the oldest remaining wood frame building in Wallace's historic
business district. From 1899 to 1977, the upstairs was famous as
a "ladies' boarding house." Actually, "Lux Rooms" was one of the
town's five celebrated brothels.
Visit www.sixthstreetmelodrama.com for
The 31st Season of SPRING MELODRAMA
Tuna Does Vegas
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric
characters from the "third smallest town in Texas" as they take a rambling romp
in Sin City. The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie
announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to
renew their wedding vows...but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride!
Hercules Inn Four spacious suites: each sleeps up to four with king size beds,
flat screen TV, fully operational kitchen and laundry
Located at Front and Second Street, two blocks from Exit 61, and across the street from
the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Hercules Inn photos
Wallace RV Park
108 Nine Mile Road
(208) 753-7121 email@example.com
The Down by the Depot RV Park was purchased by
North Idaho Mountain Brew in October 2010.
The building was renovated over the winter to house a seven barrel brewery system
and the City Limits Pub.
The RV Park itself was also renovated to include 3 new Dry log cabins, restrooms,
and showers. There are 44 RV/tent sites.
Angie's on Bank Street hot gourmet subs, salads, take & bake pizza, ice cream, fudge
517½ Bank Street
location on map
(208) 556-1444 From 1982 thru 2012, this location was the home of
EJ's Ready to Bake Pizza
The Price Tag Victorian and European Antiques, Western Items, China,
Glassware, Gifts and quality Home Furnishings
618 Bank Street
(Coeur d'Alene Hardware Building,
where Victoria's once was)
North Idaho Trading Company Stuffed Wild Animals, plus everything else western
Buy - Sell- Trade Licnsed Pawnbrokers
"We purchase elk, deer and moose antlers"
504 Bank Street
Wallace Antiques Unique historical items!
604 Bank Street
This new location for Wallace Antiques is where Indelible Tidbits
photography studio was located for many years.
That owner, Shauna Hillman, is now the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot
Also known as the Silver Pine Trade Post, this gift store is
"a Guaranteed Cure for Boredom," featuring the unusual from
Tiffany style lamps, to cremes and unguents, to haberdashery,
artisan ware, pictures, toys and nostalgia that you won't find anywhere else.
Plus they are the sole retail distributors of the
Jerseys, T-shirts and Hats
produced by the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails.
108 Nine Mile Road
(a block from town, colocated with the new
City Limits Pub and
Wallace RV Park,
formerly the Down by the Depot RV Park,
at the beginning of Nine Mile Road over Dobson Pass)
Wallace Brewing Company
"Beer of Historic Proportion"
Idaho Select Lager
Red Light Ale
610 Bank Street
(where the Community Arts Center used to be)
The mission of the Wallace District Arts Council is to establish and
maintain an arts council to present plays, dramas, musicals and other
productions of all kinds. To offer seminars, workshops, and other
classes in all arts disciplines. To establish and maintain such
programs or series as will further the educational goals of the
organization. To promote appreciation of, interest in, and
understanding of the arts. To perform all other acts necessary
or incidental to the above.
The organization was established in April 1988.
The current president is
619 Bank Street
Wallace, ID 83873
Open April 15 through October 15 each year, the Northern Pacific Railroad
Depot Museum's mission is to interpret, for present and future generations, the
history of railroads, associated people and events in the region known
as the Coeur d'Alene Mining District, and to a lesser extent bordering
areas, with focus on the Wallace Northern Pacific Depot, by collecting,
preserving, exhibiting, and publishing relevant materials.
The Foundation is also responsible for various events each year.
The mission of Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation is to promote
economic development in the Silver Valley. Our focus is to grow job
opportunities in the Silver Valley by supporting existing business and
industry, and assisting companies that hope to relocate here.
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