America’s Greatest Main Streets

© James Billman

Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Wallace, ID

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This is Main Street in miniature. Wallace is home to fewer than 1,000 residents, but has a tidy, enchanting downtown flanked by steep pine-studded mountains. The main commercial drag of Bank Street is a classic Main Street, with elegant brick buildings done up in full Italianate style, suggestive of the silver boom that once gripped this remote part of northern Idaho.

Worth a Stop: One of those storefronts houses the Oasis Bordello Museum. On a short tour, trace the history of one of five Wallace bordellos that once, um, served the mining community.

—Wayne Curtis

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Wallace, ID

This is Main Street in miniature. Wallace is home to fewer than 1,000 residents, but has a tidy, enchanting downtown flanked by steep pine-studded mountains. The main commercial drag of Bank Street is a classic Main Street, with elegant brick buildings done up in full Italianate style, suggestive of the silver boom that once gripped this remote part of northern Idaho.

Worth a Stop: One of those storefronts houses the Oasis Bordello Museum. On a short tour, trace the history of one of five Wallace bordellos that once, um, served the mining community.

—Wayne Curtis

© James Billman
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