Road Trip: Historic Wallace, Idaho
I’m continuing with my summer road trip series in the Traveling Adjunct this month with a stop in northern Idaho. Specifically, Wallace, Idaho. How did I decide to visit Wallace? I read about it in a news article and since it was along our drive between Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Whitefish, Montana, I thought it would make a fun stop. It didn’t disappoint so here we go!
About an hour east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is Wallace, literally under Interstate 90. It’s in the Silver Valley mining district of the Idaho Panhandle, on the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Founded in 1884, Wallace is roughly 2,728 feet above sea level with a population of around 800. What’s really unique about Wallace is that every downtown building is on the National Register of Historic Places! How cool is that?
So, what’d we do? The best thing to do in Wallace is take in the historic, and sometimes kitschy, sights. The downtown isn’t very big, so you can cover it in about an hour and then have a bite to eat. It’s a great place to take a break, get out of the car and stretch your legs. But, if you’re interested in doing more than that, you can take a silver mine tour led by a retired miner who takes you through a real mine, in addition to taking you on a tour of Historic Wallace. We only had a limited time so we passed on the tour.
After we strolled the downtown, we hopped on Yelp to find a place to eat which is how we found the Blackboard Cafe. The interior was quite eclectic, sort of boho chic. It was very busy and all the tables were taken, which may have overwhelmed the kitchen. While our lunch really good, it took a looong time to get to us and since we were trying to make good time on the road, waiting 25 minutes for what amounted to a grilled cheese sandwich, might not have been the way to go.
After lunch we got back on the road, heading towards our next destination. So, come back for the next edition of the Traveling Adjunct to find out where I am and read all about it!
Have you heard of or visited Wallace, Idaho? I’d love to hear about it!
*This post is an excerpt from, “Road Trip: Two Towns in Idaho You Never Thought to Visit…But Should.”
Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog Traveleidoscope.com. Psst! You can also visit Traveleidoscope on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! And guess what – she’s now a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association!