The small town of Wallace, Idaho is named after a man by the name of Colonel William R. Wallace who purchased a piece of land in 1884. Drawn to this area by the deposits of silver and gold, settlers slowly began pouring in and the town began to form. Downtown business and hillside mining claims were popping up in 1887 and by the early 1890s the town of Wallace was a prospering town filled with mining immigrants from all around the world. The largest forest fire in U.S. history- The Big Burn- came roaring through Wallace in 1910 taking out 1/3 of the downtown area. Travelers from around the world are drawn to the beauty of Wallace with the dense forests, towering mountains, and fresh mountain air. The town truly transports visitors back to the wild west. Most of the brick buildings that were built in 1890 still stand today, including the historic Smokehouse building that now houses Cogs Gastropub and Spokehouse. This building is located right on the corner of what is declared to be "The Center of The Universe"- another huge attraction for visitors. A manhole cover on Main Street distinguishes the center after being officially declared "The Center of The Universe" by the mayor of Wallace in 2004. Historic Wallace and it's warm, friendly faces await to welcome you and help enhance your adventures in the beautiful Silver Valley. We invite you to come experience the wonders and attractions like no other that will captivate your imagination. You will truly Discover Wallace when you see the stories of railroad workers, miners, and even the "working girls" that once lived in the same downtown that stands today.