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“Nice town to visit for the day”

Wallace Mining Museum
Ranked #6 of 16 things to do in Wallace
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Owner description: Museum that captures the flavor of mining in northern Idaho, from the days of the early gold rush to contemporary silver production.
Spokane, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Nice town to visit for the day”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

We went Wallace because my mother-in-law has been wanting to go. We were in the Spokane WA area to visit with her. It was a 90 minute drive to get there. Its a very scenic drive up Interstate 90, and very light traffic. There are great views of Lake Coeur D' Alene. Wallace Idaho is a charming little town with a lot of history. We were a little early so we grabbed a breakfast sandwich in a little speakeasy called the 1313 Club. We browsed in a great Antique shop with alot of fascinating animal mounts across the street from the mining museum and tour office. We went walking around and found a Boardello Museum. The tour there was pretty interesting and we learned alot about that trade. We finished walking around and then went to the Mining Muesum. It has a lot of interesting displays and is the place to wait for the Silver Mine Tour . The tour is very interesting and not to claustrophibic. The town has mostly antquie stores , but they all carry a little different stuff. The prices seem very reasonable throughout the town. This is a quaint, historic place, and the center of the universe is there on a street corner on the same side of the street as the 1313 Club. Look for it.

Visited July 2012
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San Ramon
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270 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“GREAT example of a REAL silver mining town!”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

Wallace is a little known and most geographically phenomenal little town outside Couer D'lene, Idaho...WORTH the drive (maybe 40 miles or so...) Hard to imagine the town still thrives to THIS DAY due in large part to it's continued domestic silver production in the US. But most amazing? It's situation below TOWERING if not incredibly STEEP mountains subject to incredible fire, avalanche and flooding dangers...And it remains! Just unreal! The museum is one of the BEST ever in mining/engineering operations I've seen out of some dozen or so I've been in - mostly in the western states. VERY educational with some of the nicest silver jewelry I've also seen to date. Worth the investigation and drive on my part...So glad I ventured forth!

Visited June 2012
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Post Falls, Idaho
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Big gem in a small town.”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

This small museum is a time capsule of the history of mining in the 'Silver Valley'. It is informative, interesting and very educational. If you are unfamiliar with underground mining, you can't help but walking away saying; Wow! I never realized what it takes to get the silver required to make my ring, or other pieces of jewelry.

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Snohomish , Washington
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“Silver mining history unfolds here!”
Reviewed August 23, 2003

Excellent source for understanding the history and current state of silver mining in the richest region on earth. The curator has roots in the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg where the 1972 disaster took some 91 lives, i'm told. His background makes him and the museum a genuine source for understanding the real story behind mining including procedures and the very real dangers that must be faced before the earth yields this valuable ore. Stephen V.

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