To visit this remarkably preserved town is to step back into the turn of the century. Indeed, the entire downtown district, a virtual compendium of architectural styles, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One can take a self-guiding walking tour of 38 historic buildings constructed between 1890 and 1930, including Victorian commercial, neoclassical, Renaissance revival, and art deco styles. The tour can be done in about 45 minutes, but there is a wealth of finely crafted detail, and many of the interiors are as fascinating as the exteriors.
Visitors should not miss the Wallace District Mining Museum, with its collection of old mining tools, rock samples, and memorabilia, or the Sierra Silver Mine Tour, where visitors can explore the underground world of the area’s prominent silver mines.
The Wallace region is a haven for hikers and bicyclists. It provides access to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha, which run along historic railway lines converted for recreational use, allowing visitors to enjoy the area’s scenic splendor.
Museum open daily most of the year. Admission charged.