Wallace is a silver mining town right off of Interstate 90 in the Silver Valley mining district of the panhandle area of Idaho. This small area of beautiful mountains and streams has produced more silver than any other place in the country. Wallace itself is a historic city with a population of around 800. It is unique in having the entire downtown area of several square blocks designated as a historic site. In 1996 the movie Dante’s Peak was filmed in and around Wallace, and the 980 film Heaven’s Gate also featured some Wallace-shot footage. It is a picturesque and very western town, with old saloons, a bordello museum , a silver mine tour, and a historic hotel (The Ryan) that is currently and unfortunately closed, though everything is historical there and there are many places that offer lodging in older hotels.
Wallace has been dear to us since our duo, One Less Karen, first performed musically at the summer Huckleberry Festival a few years ago. We fell in love with the little town and its atmosphere of the wild west, and were asked to return the next year. We have pretty much become regulars for the festival and we look forward to visiting and performing in Wallace every August, at the festival. They block off the streets and have entertainment, food and fun for all ages to enjoy. It is a true walking town, so you can enjoy viewing the historic buildings while meandering about.
It is surrounded by mountains and dense forest, which offer many opportunities for rvers and tent campers. There is a tiny rv park in Wallace, too. It is very small, but affordable as well, and you can walk right down the street to join in the activity. However, the hotels in Wallace are also extremely affordable, and for a memorable trip you might consider lodging for one of your nights. Though the Ryan hotel is closed, it was the most wonderful place to stay. Rooms had transoms, the stairs creaked and you couldn’t help but picture those who stayed in the same room, many years ago, looking out the same window but seeing an entirely different world outside.
Wallace, Idaho is an amazingly friendly and charming community. No matter what activity you participate in or where you dine, everyone will treat you like a part of the community.
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