Silver Mine Tours and Museums
Kellogg is located in the heart of the Silver Valley, a rich source of mining history and culture. Shoshone County has earned this nickname because of its famous production of silver from the surrounding hills.
Silver Mountain is encompassed by what was first formed as a mining community in Wardner and Kellogg when Noah and his jackass discovered a jackpot of precious metal on the hillside in the 1880s. The Bunker Hill Lode grew into the largest mining operation in Idaho. Today, Bunker Hill houses the remnants of the mining hey days in Kellogg, where silver stories thrive, along with many other mining operations throughout the valley corridor.
Listed below are the museums and destinations that preserve the Silver Valley's origins and historical significance. Whether you visit Kellogg, Osburn, Mullan or Wallace, stop by and be awed by the unbelievably true stories that are whispered from the Silver Valley hills.
|Staff House Museum, Kellogg|
Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum, Inc. has a historic collection from the Bunker Hill Mining and Smelting Company and the surrounding Silver Valley. They are located a short walk from the Silver Mountain Resort. Website
|Crystal Gold Mine, Kellogg|
Experience underground fun and adventure in a real gold mine! Guided mine tours are available. An underground mine tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. RV and bus parking and picnic areas are on the grounds. For mine tour hours, admission costs and other information call (208) 783-4653. Website
|Sprag Pole Museum, Murray|
The Sprag Pole Museum boasts 10,000 square feet with five connected buildings. This acclaimed mine museum exhibits panning, hydraulics, underground dredging and much more. You can also see the world's largest wood chain at the Sprag Pole.
|Sierra Silver Mine Tour, Wallace|
Go underground with the Sierra Silver Mine Tour. An experienced miner is your guide as you walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Using exhibits and demonstrations of operating mine equipment, you will learn the historical and modern-day techniques used to mine on this tour. Website
|Wallace District Mining Museum, Wallace|
Wallace District Mining Museum, Wallace The Wallace District Mining Museum and Visitor Center captures the impact of mining history with artifacts and exhibits depicting the hardships, toil and home life of the period. The museum is open May through October. Website
|Pulaski Project (the 1910 fire), Wallace|
Ed Pulaski is best known for the firefighting tool he invented, a cross between an ax and a hoe that bears his name and is still used in firefighting today. Pulaski's heroics during the 1910 wildfires that devastated the forests of north Idaho, eastern Washington and Montana tell an even more compelling story.
|Old Mission State Park, Cataldo|
The oldest standing building in all of Idaho is found here, in the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park. The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Website