America's Greatest Main Streets
© James Billman
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.