Friday, October 07, 2022
These photos (dated from the top 1906, 1909 and 1910) show the progression of the downtown Wallace area, including the construction of the courthouse in 1906 when the lot formerly occupied by the Samuels was nothing more than a few shacks. Then following the completion of it and the courthouse, the Samuels was an imposing structure. In 1910, when the Big Burn happened, the courthouse, the Samuels, and the recently completed Worstell building (across from the courthouse) acted as a fire break that prevented the fire from turning west into more of the downtown area.

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The Samuels Hotel: The 'pride of Wallace'
July 30, 2022 6 a.m.

The Samuels Hotel: The 'pride of Wallace'

It was the grandest building in Shoshone County – by a margin that wasn’t particularly close. But, unlike so many other buildings in the historic city, it did not endure.