Historic Wallace, the hub of Silver Valley history and recreation welcomes you to the Silver Capital of the World, the problistic Center of the Universe and the site of the last stop light of Interstate 90 between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The entire town of Historic Wallace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More silver ore has been mined in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District than anywhere else in the world. Historic Wallace’s colorful past is steeped with tales of mining wars, the boom and bust of silver, gold, lead and zinc prices, bordellos, gambling and other events that affected not just the state or region, but the entire world. The Wallace District Mine Museum’s exhibits and displays that tell the 130+ year old story of when silver was king.
The Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum shows how the west was built and the pivotal role that railroad had in building our nation. The Sierra Silver Mine Tour takes guests on an underground tour with an actual miner exhibiting the techniques and equipment that are still used in hard rock mining today which is followed by a historical trolley ride through downtown Historic Wallace. Bordellos are a part of a mining communities ribald past and Historic Wallace is no different. The Oasis Bordello Museum which closed its doors in 1988 has been reopened to tell the sobering story of the Soiled Doves of the American West.
Historic Wallace is not just about the past. It is also about today and the future. World class recreation awaits everyone. #2 award winning Rails to Trails biking routes are anchored here. The Route of the Hiawatha with its 10 tunnels and 7 trestles and the 72 mile long paved, non-motorized Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes welcome all riders. The Pulaski Historical Fire (hiking) Trail tells of the saga of the Great Burn of 1910. Unique silver, gift and pawn stores await the avid shopper. Friendly residents are always ready with a smile, greeting and directions. Street side dining and quality lodging are available. The only limitation to the enjoyment found in Historic Wallace is your imagination. Welcome to the Rest & Recreation Capital of the World.