Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum

Location: 219 6th Street, Wallace
Phone: (208) 752-0111
Railroads have played an important role in this region dating back to 1887. When the railroad announced its plans in 1901 to arrive in Wallace, a beautiful chateau-style building was constructed. The building has its own unique story as the bricks imported from China were originally destined for an upscale hotel in Tacoma, Washington. When those plans didn’t materialize, the bricks were transported to Wallace. In 1976, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places, and the depot operated until 1980 as a stop for the Northern Pacific’s Yellowstone Park Line. When the trains no longer came, the building became home to the renowned Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum.

Stepping inside, visitors are transported back in time when the railroad was the finest transportation available. Exhibits explore the major role the railroad had in developing the Silver Valley Mining District, old railroad artifacts, and numerous historic photos. In May, residents and tourists alike participate in the annual Depot Day that celebrates railroad nostalgia. Activities include live music, children’s activities, various ethnic and traditional food booths, melodramas, model train exhibits, and an opportunity to send a Morse code telegram from the depot’s restored telegraph office. The museum is open from 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Saturday in April; 9 AM to 5 PM daily in May; 9 AM to 7 PM daily June through September; and 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Saturday from October 1 to October 15. Admission prices are $2 for adults, $1.50 for adults over 60, $1 for youth ages 6-16, and free for those children under 6. Special group and family rates are available.

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