The scenic town of Wallace, ID is tucked away in the clear-cut mountains of the Idaho pandhandle. As the backdrop for the movie Dante’s Peak, it’s clear that there is something special about the blocks of brick buildings and classic Western architecture. In fact, the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Preservation.
But beauty is only skin deep, as many of the scenic facades give way to dusty interiors and bad 80s decor.
But quirky is forever, and Wallace has plenty of quirks. For one, it’s the Center of the Universe. For two, the people of Wallace love their town so much that they held hostage the plans to build I-90 down Main Street until the state agreed to build the highway OVER the buildings.
For three, visitors can head downtown to sit in a spaceship. Because that’s what you do in Wallace.
The scenic small town of about 800 people is the perfect jumping off point for people who have just made the long, boring trek east on I-90 across Washington or the long, boring trek west on I-90 across Montana. It’s friendly, with numerous BBQ and burger joints and bars in old brothels. Stop over on Bank Street at Wallace Brewing and take a tour of the small brewery and try some suds in their tasting room. Their beers are readily available at the cafe next door.
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