“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wallace in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)


Wallace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lila Diller, November 23, 2009
1. Wallace Marker
Inscription.  Founded as a mining town in 1884, Wallace became a railroad center in 1887 and the Shoshone County seat in 1898.

Rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1890, Wallace has preserved its pioneer mining heritage. North Idaho's 2,000,000-acre forest fire was stopped here in 1910, and business buildings of that era survive in an impressive historic district. A museum in Wallace's restored 1901 Northern Pacific Depot, on 6th St., interprets the region's railway history. (Marker Number 367.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 47° 28.632′ N, 115° 55.999′ W. Marker is in Wallace, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 61 near Silver Valley Road (Old U.S. 10). Located in the Visitors Center at exit 61, between Silver Valley Road and Interstate 90. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wallace ID 83873, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Big Blowup" (a few steps from
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this marker); a different marker also named "The Big Blowup" (within shouting distance of this marker); Hercules Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Wallace World War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Wallace South Hill Stairs (approx. half a mile away); Rossi Insurance Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Great Fire of 1910 (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wallace.
Wallace after the 1910 "Big Blowup" forest fire. image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, 1915
2. Wallace after the 1910 "Big Blowup" forest fire.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2010, by Lila Diller of Statesville, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,224 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 5, 2010, by Lila Diller of Statesville, North Carolina.   2. submitted on February 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area picture of the marker and its surroundings. • • Pictures of the Mining Disaster Memorial also at this location. • Can you help?

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