“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.
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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
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). Touch for map. Located in the Visitors Center at exit 61, between Silver Valley Road and Interstate 90. Marker is in this post office area: Wallace ID 83873, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "The Big Blowup" (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named "The Big Blowup" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire of 1910
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.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pulaski's Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Big Ed" Pulaski (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lead-Silver Mines (approx. 9.3 miles away); Willow Creek Slide (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wallace.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2010, by Lila Diller of Statesville, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 26 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 Querétaro, Mexico. • 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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