Idaho may not have the colonial foundation of our fellow American states back east, but our landscape and manmade historical structures have quite the story to tell about our past. Fortunately, while you can read all about our history in textbooks, scattered across our great state are dozens of Idaho historical landmarks that will allow you to experience, recreate, and remember Idaho’s past as though you were there.
Whether you are looking for a unique stop on a long summer road trip or simply a place to go learn more about the Gem State from a historical perspective, here are 10 Idaho historical sites you won’t want to miss.
How many of these Idaho historic landmarks have you visited? Are there other Idaho landmarks or historical sites that are must-visits in your town? Let us know in the comments!
If you are searching for even more Idaho historical landmarks where you can explore the good ole’ days in Idaho, check out our feature article featuring several sites that we consider a must-visit for any Idahoan or out-of-state guest.
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Courtnie Erickson|October 03, 2022
Are there any Idaho historical landmarks that I can hike to?
There is nothing better than a hike and a history lesson! There are a handful of historical landmarks in the Gem State that are tucked away at the end of a hiking trail. One such site is located in northern Idaho at Treaty Rock Park in Post Falls. Here, you will find the Treaty Rock Historical Loop Trailhead, a lesser-known hike that is perfect for the entire family. The trail is only 0.3 miles and is paved the majority of the way. The trail is also flat and takes you through gorgeous Idaho landscapes, making for a delightful adventure. At the end of the trail, you will find Treaty Rock, which symbolizes the agreement between the native Coeur d’Alene tribe and some of Idaho’s early settlers. It’s a little piece of history that not many Idahoans even know about.
Are there any towns with multiple historical landmarks?
Yes! There are actually multiple towns where you can see several historical landmarks, but one of our favorites is the town of Wallace. This small town is home to six must-see historical landmarks including the original train depot from 1901. You can also hop on the Sierra Silver Mine Tour Trolley, which takes you to the Sierra Silver Mine. Here, you can take a tour of the mine and learn even more about this remarkable area and its rich mining history.