Historic Wallace Idaho
Depot Day 2010

Photos and Winners

THE HARRY F. MAGNUSON WAY

Altho gentle rain kept attendance down on the 25th Depot Day, spirits were up at the road dedication ceremony to honor the man who made this festival possible.

Harry told the federal and state government It's my way or the highway! ... And he didn't let up until it was HIS WAY and not the highway! Harry made I-90 go over us and not through us.

This plaque honors Harry F. Magnuson and his leadership in the battle from 1970 to 1986 to save the Town of Wallace from destruction at the hands of State and Federal highway officials. Born in Wallace in 1923, Harry became a legendary business leader and philanthropist in the Northwest and beyond who never forgot his roots in his beloved hometown.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Idaho Transportation Department planned to route Interstate 90 directly through the center of Wallace. Slated for the wrecking ball were blocks of historic buildings, including the iconic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, that linked the Town to its storied past.

Harry Magnuson sued the FHA and ITD, alleging that they had failed to file an Environmental Impact Statement. A Federal judged concurred, entered an injunction, and halted the imminent bulldozers.

Harry [together with Nancy Lee Hansen] secured placement of the entire Town of Wallace on the National Register of Historic Places, creating insurmountable roadblocks in the agencies' paths.

The stoplight at the corner of 7th and Bank Streets, the last on I-90 between Seattle and Boston, became a stirring national symbol of Wallace's fight for survival.

As a result of Harry's efforts, a compromise was struck, preserving Historic Wallace. A new overhead freeway was designed to bypass the Town. The Depot was moved across the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River to its new location on 6th Street.

The battle won, the Townspeople conducted a ceremonial funeral for the storied stoplight in 1991. Media from around the world reported the event. Charles Kuralt of CBS News wanted to know how a town of 1,000 people could stand up to the Federal government. The answer was “Harry.”

Historic Wallace is Harry Magnuson's legacy to the Town he loved so deeply. Without his efforts, the elegant historic district you see today would be nothing more than four lanes of concrete. With this in mind, a grateful citizenry has dedicated the original routing of I-90 through Wallace as "The Harry F. Magnuson Way."


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Lucky Stiff is a country/rock dance band from Montana who both entertained and appreciated Wallace. We in turn entertained and appreciated them.


While the rain dampened some spirits, over two hundred cars, trucks and motorcycles registered.


There were a lot of unusual vehicles to see on the way to the Center of the Universe.


Imagine passing this lady taking her bath at 70 MPH!


The Eagles building has a long history. In the 1990's, it housed the Arts Center. During this century, Vintage Games and associated businesses have provided visitors and locals with eclectic delights.


Perfection.


The art work on this trick truck is amazing... the tiny squashed bugs drawn into the flames are surreal. A lawn chair has a home under the bed.


Ed and Dora Eckle claim their prize for their unrestored 1981 Chevrolet Corvette. Ed is well known in town for his dedication to the Sixth Street Melodrama and the Wallace District Mining Museum.


Winners of Car Show Trophies and Raffles

    Overall Car Show Winners
  • Best of Show
    Jon & Kali Budda - 1957 Chevy Bel-Air
  • Judges Pick
    Jim Warren - 1932 Ford Phaeton
    1985 or newer
  1. Steve & Catherine Jones - 2006 Ford GT Convertible
  2. Brian Kosonen - 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8
  3. Mel & Jana Craven - 2005 ford Mustang
    Antique (pre 1954 Cars & Trucks)
  1. Jim Warren - 1932 Ford Phaeton
  2. Paul & Connie Pitman - 1946 Ford 2 door Deluxe
  3. Richard & Carol Griffin - 1947 Plymouth Club Coupe
    Un-restored Original (pre 1985 Cars & Trucks)
  1. Rob Cutshall - 1965 Ford Falcon Futura
  2. Ed Eckel - 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  3. Rick Dehart - 1971 Plymouth Road Runner
    Restored to Original (pre 1985 cars & Trucks)
  1. Cliff & Nancy Arthur - 1957 Chevy Bel-Air
  2. Gary Kendall - 1965 Ford Mustang
  3. Jetty Schaum - 1956 Chevy Bel-Air
    Convertible
  1. Cliff & Cheryl Corey - 1965 Chevy Malibu SS
  2. Herb & Kathy Zanetti - 1955 Pontiac Star Chief
  3. Barry Iverson - 1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
    Muscle Car
  1. Dick & Joanna Goldfuss - 1970 Chevrolet SS396 Nova
  2. Kenzil & Shirley Scribner - 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS
  3. Rusty Sheppard - 1967 Corvette Coupe
    Street rod (pre 1948 Cars and Pick-ups)
  1. Chester Jackman - 1934 Plymouth Coupe
  2. Rob Ellenwood - 1932 Plymouth PB Coupe
  3. Claud & Susan Freund - 1933 Ford Roadster
    Modified/Custom Cars after 1948 (Non Stock)
  1. Glenn Jackman - 1953 Cadillac Coupe
  2. Dave & Cathy Whiteman - 1955 Chevy 210 2 door Sd
  3. Bob & Virginia Sherman - 1950 Crosley Super Sedan
    Pick-up/Sport Utility (Stock Pick-Ups Jeeps & other Suv's)
  1. Keith & Lois Dettling - 1971 Chevy P.U.
  2. Lois Bendurant - 1971 Ford Ranchero
  3. Richard Derbyshire - 1963 Chevy Truck
    Modified/ Custom Pick-Ups (Non Stock)
  1. Bill Mathos - 1957 Chevrolet Pick-up
  2. Ted Burnside - 1953 Chevy 5 windows
  3. Rich & Rosie Edwards - 1956 GMC P.U.
    Special Interest
  1. J.P. Stravens - 1954 GMC Suburban
  2. Ray Fink - 1950 Stude UTE
  3. Lunc Covey - 1956 Ford Crown Vic.
    In Progress / Unfinished (All Years Cars & Truck)
  1. Doug Tassemeyer - 1936 Plymouth Sedan
  2. Ashley Eichinger - 1966 Ford Fairlane 500
  3. Roger Howard - 1954/55/72/87 Ford Pickup
    Corvette
  1. Charles Mooney - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
  2. Nick Mirabell - 1964 Corvette Coup
  3. Brad Nelson - 2010 Corvette grand sport
    Motorcycles
  1. Mike Dancer - 1976 Harley Bicentennial Sportster
  2. Derrick Jeffcott - 2001 H-D Fat Boy
  3. Forest Van Dorn - 2009 Yamaha
    DEPOT DAY RAFFLE
  • Grand Prize
    25 ounces of 0.999 fine Idaho silver beautifully framed
    Ben Jeremiah
  • Second Prize
    $75.00 Gift Certificate Idaho Silver Shop
    Jeff Burris
  • Third Prize
    5 Sterling silver rounds
    Kenny Clerget
    Pre-Registration Raffle Winner
  • $100 Cash
    Forest Van Dorn

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