Then and now

How Wallace has changed through the years…

Wallace, Idaho, Then and Now

Sixth Street Bridge in 1911 and 2020

 Gilmore’s building, on the right in the 1911 photo, was located in what is now the empty lot at Kelly’s Alley and 6th Street next to the Melodrama. Gilmore’s was a loan office and cigars were also sold there. Joe Piela’s building stands where the Depot Museum is today. The red light district would have been found behind this building. The NP Bar occupied the first floor. They sold Sunset Brewery’s beer, which was brewed locally in Wallace on the south side of town.

6th St. and Kelly’s Alley in 1911
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The Union Pacific Depot building is visible in the distance on the left side of the photo. It was gutted by the 1910 fire, but remained standing.

6th St. and Kelly’s Alley in 2020
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The Northern Pacific Depot Building, in the center, was moved over the river in 1986. It was the first building in town listed on the registry of historic places.

Click on the yellow markers on the map to identify the tour stops. 


Our Community

The Morbeck Foundation, Wallace High School students, and Gravis Tech have teamed up to bring you this tour. Wallace High School students have worked hard to build this tour.  Students who have participated in the creation of this tour are Abagail Travis, Chuck Tatman, and Alijah Richardson. Each student has augmented their technology education and historic education through participation in creation of this tour.