Missing Buildings of Wallace Tour

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Missing Buildings of Wallace Tour

Wallace, Idaho 83873, United States

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Tour Information

Our hometown is rich in history. Wallace was once considerably larger than it is today: our population was 3-4 times larger than it is today. This tour puts that in perspective and helps change the way people think about our town and its empty spaces. It’s easy to overlook the possibilities of what the missing buildings could have been. The empty spaces all throughout the town were likely occupied by some building or home. We housed multiple theaters, numerous large hotels, and many more homes than you see today.

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The mines and miners paid into a fund of a much-needed hospital when they enlisted the aid of the Sisters of Charity, who built Providence in 1892. The initial plan called for a three-story brick building at a cost of about $30,000. The bui... Read more
The Wallace Union Pacific Railroad Depot was originally built for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. in 1909. Soon after it was built, it was nearly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1910. It was reconstructed on the same site using walls... Read more
The Samuels Hotel was built by Henry Floyd Samuels in May of 1908. It became one of the busiest hotels in the Silver Valley. This five-star, five-floor hotel sat at the corner of Cedar Street and Seventh Street. It quickly became the larges... Read more
Bank Street takes you right through the life of Wallace, with different businesses lining the street. At the intersection of 6th and Bank Street, you’ll see what is now the Center of the Universe. This decision was created based on the t... Read more
The Opera House burned in 1933. It was the first masonic hall in Wallace. http://tourwallace.gravistech.com/index.php/opera-house/ http://tourwallace.gravistech.com/  ...
The Grand Theatre, built in 1916, was said to hold about 700 patrons at a time. It held two “shows” a day, often of mixed styles. They showed both movies and live productions, including live music. 1,500 people, both community members a... Read more
Located in downtown Wallace, Idaho, the NP Depot was constructed with bricks originally designated for the terminus depot in Tacoma, Washington and concrete blocks made from mine tailings. On May 10, 1986 the building was moved approximatel... Read more
Built in 1892, the original building included the iconic Moorish tower.  The janitor slept in the building heated by wood powered steam.  The building had indoor water but no electric lights. In 1901 the annex was added to the rear of the... Read more
Wallace’s first hospital was called the Frances Holland Memorial Hospital. It was ready for occupancy October 1, 1890. It was built by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The hospital was damaged by the fire in 1913. After it was rebuilt, it w... Read more


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