Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Sierra Silver Mine
420 5th St., Wallace, Idaho 83873
(About 80 miles from Spokane, 50 miles from CDA)
Learn about hard-rock underground mining in the richest silver district on Earth! An experienced miner is your guide as you as you walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Using exhibits and demonstrations of operating mining equipment, you will learn the historical and modern-day techniques used to mine silver out of the mountains and into our lives.
Your tour begins when you board our sixteen passenger vintage trolley. On the short trip to and from the mine you will be treated to a narrative of the colorful history of Historic Wallace, Idaho, the Silver Capitol of the World. The city of Wallace, in its entirety, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and still has the feel and flavor of a turn-of-the-century mining camp.
Once at the mine, you will be fitted with a hard hat. Before entering the mine, your guide, himself a retired miner, will give a brief overview of the fundamentals of hard-rock mining.
Then into the mine, where exhibits and demonstrations will acquaint you first hand with a hard-rock miner's work and daily experiences. Your guide will explain historic and modern day mining techniques, and demonstrate pneumatic powered mining equipment.
Aside from a short climb up 25 concrete steps to the mine, the 1,000 foot guided tour through the U-shaped tunnel is a comfortable slight decline on a smooth surface with no tight spaces or ups and downs.
What to bring:
- Weather appropriate clothes and shoes; The mine temp is a constant 50 degrees and the brief trolley ride to the mine is in an open trolley car.
- Spending money for the gift shop (optional)
$7 per person, ages 4+
Free for ages 0-3
Payment is required in advance via Paypal, credit card, debit card, or check. There is no "Pay at the Door." Your spots with our group are saved when payment is received. Payment is due one week before the activity. If payment is not received by then, your reservation will be cancelled.
Cancellation Policy: You can have a full refund if you contact Exploring Families at least one week before the activity. There is no refund if you cancel within one week of the activity.
Ages: All ages. Keep in mind that this tour takes place in a dimly lit mine where jack hammers are demonstrated. Your littlest ones may not enjoy a dark and loud field trip. This field trip cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs.
Tour limits: 16 people
While in Historic Wallace, we invite you to treat yourself to these other points of interest:
- Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum
- Wallace District Mining Museum
- Mine Heritage Exhibit (outdoor park at the Visitor's Center)
- Sixth Street Theater
- Staff House Museum
- Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails
- Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes (parks dept.)
- Pulaski Project
- Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce
- Way more information on Wallace