The Wallace Experience - 1910 Fire - Begin the exhibit by tapping on the "Start Exhibit" hypertext at the top of this page.
The "Great Fire of 1910" was not the first time Wallace burned. The entire town burned down in July of 1890. Many of our buildings now date back to that time frame. What is significant is that in the downtown area many of the buildings were rebuilt with brick, which became a critical factor during the Big Blowup on the night of August 20, 1910. In this exhibit we attempt to tell some of the more interesting stories of "the Wallace Experience" of the fire and how the city has risen from the ashes once again to be a vibrant and triving community. The exhibit is based on a presentation developed by Jim McReynolds, Executive Director, Wallace District Mining Museum.
"The town was first settled in 1886 and incorporated in 1892, governed by a mayor and common council. The population is estimated at 4,000 and is rapidly increasing. The distance to Boise, the state capital, is 350 miles. The O. R. & N. Co. runs tow daily passinger trains each way between Wallace and Spokane and tow daily trains to Burke and back. The Northern Pacific Ry. Co. reaches the city of Missoula from the east with two trains and two mixed trains make connections daily with Burke. The buildings in the business portion are to a great extent of brick and a few of concrete. As it should be, the County Court House deserves special mention for its architecture and handsome appointments." Wallace Directory - 1910
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