Day 11 Continued Wallace It took a little effort to complete the interstate highway through here. The highway choked down to local streets. When it came time to complete the interstate through here, officials wanted to put in an at-grade highway which would have taken out much of the town. The town protected themselves by getting historic status (registry) for all their buildings. Thus, the federal highway folks had to float the interstate above the town. For a while Wallace had the only stop light on I-90. Wallace is in the Silver Valley Mining District. Nearby Kellogg attracted miners and Wallace attracted executives hence the notable supply of nice brick buildings in town. The town has been involved in a lot of goings on including miners wars. In 1929 they were raided for illegal booze. Some officials went to jail. In 1992 the FBI appeared to take out the gambling machines in local businesses. The Mayor proclaimed Wallace to be The Center of the Universe. A manhole cover marks the spot. When challenged about it locals simply say "Prove it isn't!". Fatality map. The town burned in 1890. In 1910, about 1/3 of the town burned (100 buildings). Much of the town was saved by setting backfires. Some interesting THEN AND NOW photos at this link. Lana Turner is from Wallace. A lot of timber burned. Miners tribute. During the mining wars the mine owners hired detectives to infiltrate the unions to identify who the union leaders were. One Pinkerton Detective managed to get elected to an office in one of the unions. Eventually people got onto him and he had to flee for his life through a hole he cut in the floor of his boarding house room that he kept covered by a rug. He survived and later went on to chase Butch and The Wild Bunch. 1902 depot. The first floor is finished off with buff colored bricks from China. The bricks came over as ballast on tea ships. The railroad got the bricks and brought them here. Bordello museum. Preserved as it was when forced to close in 1988. The 1997 movie Dante's Peak was shot in Wallace using locals as extras. Might have been burned over in the 1910 fire. Some more interesting info from the area around Wallace from another trip I took out here. It includes the dynamite train and the Sunshine Mine disaster. More about the fire in a bit.