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Landowner Colonel Wallace founded the town, although our local guide tells us he was a bit of a scalawag who was eventually run out of town. Wallace has had a tumultuous history, including lots of conflict between mine owners and unions. Most of the town burned to the ground in 1910, and the old wooden buildings were replaced by brick ones. Nowadays, all the downtown buildings are on ...
... the home of grunge, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. (And he did get the t shirt! to prove it).
So we stuck another pin in another map and chose a place called Wallace for an overnight stop. We must be good at sticking pins in maps (or pin the tail on the donkey, remember?) because we struck gold again with this one. Wallace turned out to be a characterful little town which looked like ...
... either drown, or fall off of a cliff. Great. Thompson Falls didn't have much else to offer, except for a cool old jailhouse (now a museum) with four cells upstairs and sheriff's living quarters underneath. Unfortunately, it was closed on weekdays, so we only got a pic of the outside.
We had lunch at a place called Minnie's Cafe, where I got a picture with some stuffed bears that seemed sort of depressed. Minnie's also sell lures, bait ...
... It was really crowded. All of the photo ops were full so I have only a few pictures. My computer is having problems downloading my pictures so
I will have to send them later. I had a cup of bison chili for lunch and had grilled oysters for dinner, Yummy,
I will be spending tomorrow night with my niece Maggie, her husband Chris and their daughter Kyleen tomorrow night.
... billion ounces of silver have been produced in Shoshone county since 1884, more than any other area in the United States. One third of the town was destroyed by the deadly Great Fire of 1910, which burned about 3,000,000 acres in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
The historic downtown core is not large and ...