Go Underground!

with the
Sierra Silver
Mine Tour


The most popular, interesting, and instructive tour in the Northwest. 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, gold, lead, zinc, and copper. 

The 125-year history of mining in the Coeur d'Alenes has created a unique and colorful mining culture. Your guide will share his personal experiences as a hard-rock miner in the Coeur d'Alene district. The stories, demonstrations, and exhibits included in the Sierra Silver Mine Tour are fun and educational for people of all ages and interests.

 


New!
Ghost Town Trolley

Step back in time aboard Sierra Silver’s trolley for a truly unique history lesson! Characters from a bygone era will share their stories while we retrace the significant historical events of Wallace and the ghost town of Burke.

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Ghost Town Tour Details
 
  • Adults
  • Children (4-16 years)
    (Children under 4 years free)
  • Group rates available for 10 or more people.
  • Buy tickets online
$10.00
$6.00
  • Running in July and August, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 AM - 4 PM
  • New tour leaves every hour
  • Tour length: 50 minutes
  • Bring your camera and a light jacket
Dean Clark and the nice people ready for a tour


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Mine Tour Details
 
  • Adults
  • Seniors (60 and better)
  • Children (4-16 years)
    (Children under 4 years free)
  • Family rate (2 adults and 2 or more children)
  • Group rates available for 10 or more people.
  • School field trips are always welcome and receive a special rate with advance reservations
  • discount
  • Buy tickets online
$14.00
$12.50
$8.50

$45.00

  • Open from May through October 3rd June through August: 10 AM - 4 PM 
    May and September: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • New tour leaves every 1/2 hour
  • Tour length: 75 minutes
  • Bring your camera and a light jacket
  • Mine temp. about 50 degrees F (10 C)

email:  info@silverminetour.org

Phone: 208-752-5151

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Sierra Silver Mine Tour, Inc.
420 5th St.
Wallace, Idaho USA 83873

Sierra Silver Mine Tour is a non-profit entity


More about our tour and Wallace
 
 

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. 

Mine History

Initially discovered around 1900 the Sierra Mine's ore bodies were never rich enough to warrant active mining. Assays ran about 1/2 ounce of silver per ton of ore mined. 

Ownership of the mine changed hands several times. It was sporadically worked until a more thorough exploration took place in the 1960s, which involved sinking an incline shaft and running several hundred feet of drift. The showings failed to improve, and the mine remained idle until it was used as a lab site to teach local high school students mining skills. 

In 1982 a group of local businessmen formed the non-profit organization Sierra Silver Mine Tour, Inc.

Mission

Our mission is to preserve our rich mining history and educate current and future generations as to the history and current practices of hard-rock mining in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District.  We accomplish this by providing an underground experience utilizing historically correct narratives, exhibits, and live demonstrations of mining machinery. 

 


 

While in Historic Wallace, we invite you to treat yourself to these other points of interest: