The great fires of 1910 left Wallace and other North Idaho sites scarred and ruined, and historic photos from the University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service document the devastation. Spokesman-Review photographer Christopher Anderson revisited the historic town and surrounding areas in July 2010, capturing a century’s worth of regrowth.
Image OneBarnard Stockbridge CollectionUniversity of IdahoImage TwoChristopher AndersonThe Spokesman-Review
The east end of Wallace, Idaho, lies in ruins after the great fire of 1910 swept through, destroying homes and businesses. Today, Interstate 90 runs through the historic mining town, and trees cover the surrounding hills once more.
The tunnel that ranger Ed Pulaski sheltered his crew in to protect them from the flames of 1910 was rediscovered years later. Today, the site is marked by framing timbers built to replicate the scene after the burn. A two-mile trail leads from Wallace to the tunnel.
In 1910, gale-force winds blew down timber that didn’t burn. Today, cyclists ride across a trestle on the Route of the Hiawathas on the Idaho-Montana border. The popular summer ride takes cyclists through the middle of the 1910 burn area.