Historic Wallace Idaho
Gyro Days 2015


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At Straight Up Noon, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Wallace Gyro Fraternal Organization dropped a large leather ball into the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River to begin the 74th Annual Mullan to Wallace Lead Creek Derby. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes following the ball downstream to Wallace, where the third night of Carnival ended a another mellow Gyro Days celebration.

Winners of the 74th Lead Creek Derby

The Wallace Gyro Club sells chances on the time it takes for the ball to make it's seven mile journey to the Sixth Street bridge in Wallace. The money raised through ticket sales and bike ride registration goes to the Gyro Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to local high school students for college or vocational school.

First Prize of $1000 worth of silver was won by Violet Bauer, whose ticket came the closest to the exceptional long time of 5:36:54

Win $1000 worth of 0.999 fine silver rounds
The First Prize this year was again $1000 worth of silver coins. The person whose computer-picked time is the closest to the Gyro Ball's crossing under the Sixth Street bridge in Wallace won $1000 worth of the Centennial rounds shown here. As in the past, thirteen other prizes for varying amounts of cash were also awarded.

The organization is always looking for silver coins and rounds to give away each year, so if you have silver rounds or bars to sell or donate, please contact Dean Cooper at the 1313 Club, (208) 752-9391.

  • 2nd - 6th won $100
    • Jeane DuPont
    • Jamie Baker
    • Vi Rounds
    • Bodee Goodson
    • Mike Hydman, Jr.

  • 7th - 11th won $50
    • Dale Zook
    • Margie Todd
    • Leif Sundstrom
    • Phil Baker
    • Dave Lavigne

  • 12th - 14th won $25
    • Tayler Imez-Hord
    • Paul Robinson
    • April Rodgers

Tickets were $1 each. A computer program randomly matched each ticket number with a unique and precise finishing time. This year's "extremely long" time of 5:36:54 is paired with the meager maximum snow depth, 78 inches, at the summit of Lookout Pass Ski Area during the preceding ski season. The inverse relationship between derby time and maximum snow depth is apparent from the graph below. However, the random amount of time spent rescuing the ball from obstacles and whirlpools always makes it a horse race.
Derby 74 June 2015 5:36:54 2014/15 season 78"
Derby 73 June 2014 4:21:59 2013/14 season 149"
Derby 72 June 2013 3:41:28 2012/13 season 103"
Derby 71 June 2012 2:56:48 2011/12 season 176"
Derby 70 June 2011 3:03:00 2010/11 season 192"
Derby 69 June 2010 4:54:13 2009/10 season 90"
Derby 68 June 2009 4:27:18 2008/09 season 144"
Derby 67 June 2008 3:09:24 2007/08 season 197"
Derby 66 June 2007 4:52:08 2006/07 season 163"
Derby 65 June 2006 3:44:44 2005/06 season 168"
Derby 64 June 2005 4:44:03 2004/05 season 85"
Derby 63 June 2004 3:49:54 2003/04 season 119"
Derby 62 June 2003 3:46:29 2002/03 season 130"
Derby 61 June 2002 1:59:44 2001/02 season 225"
  derby time and snowfall by year

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