Historic Wallace Idaho

1910 Forest Fire and Aftermath

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The historic mining town of Wallace is nestled beneath Interstate 90, halfway between two ski and recreation areas in northern Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley. There have been two major fires in the Wallace's history. In 1890, the entire wooden town was almost burned to the ground. Due to the enormous wealth of local mine owners, the town was rebuilt with brick and stone within the year. In August of 1910, the entire area was devastated by the "Big Burn" that destroyed 3 million acres of forest, and most of Wallace in a few days. No major fires have occurred since then. Our 1910 Fire Commemoration in 2010 honored the 86 Fire Fighters who lost their lives in the historic fire that changed forest management forever.

 
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