Idaho and the Key to the Cosmos

Its bordello museum had just closed for the winter, so I almost did not stop in Wallace.

The Wallace depot now houses a railroad museum.  The interstate behind it skirts the protected historic downtown.
The Wallace depot now houses a railroad museum. The interstate behind it skirts the protected historic downtown.

The Coeur d’Alene was the most productive silver-mining district in the United States.

Lake Coeur d'Alene has scenic bike trails and an annual IRONMAN Triathlon.
Lake Coeur d’Alene has scenic bike trails and an annual IRONMAN Triathlon.

Every downtown building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wallace, Idaho

I was hoping the Oasis Bordello Museum would be open, despite what I had read.  I’m writing about the red-light district in another mining town, Cripple Creek.

It was cold and windy, so I warmed up with a latte and friendly conversation with the coffeehouse owner.

I took a stroll, and was I in for a surprise.

The arrow points to a manhole cover.

Click here for the logic behind the mayor’s 2004 proclamation and to learn more about Wallace and the Coeur d’Alene area.

Author: Pamela Tartaglio

Fiction writer, blogger and a past president of Women Writing the West.

2 thoughts on “Idaho and the Key to the Cosmos”

  1. Hey! We stayed in Wallace a few years ago. We visited the bordello museum (creepy, sad, not a good way for a girl to live). We also visited an old hotel which was said to be haunted. That was much nicer. The hotel, which is above a nice restaurant, wasn’t actually open, so we were lucky to get a look at it. Honestly, I don’t think we’d have been comfortable in the beds. But the modern hotel nearby had no soul whatsoever!

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