Small Town Living

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Wallace, Idaho was once one of the largest and most prosperous towns in the state. Situated beside Interstate 90 west of Coeur d'Alene and less than 100 miles from the Canadian border, the old mining town boomed around the turn of the 20th century. At its height, Wallace miners produced the most silver in the country, earning it the nickname "Silver Capital of the World."

City of Emmett

Many people in Idaho know the city of Emmett for its annual cherry festival, which draws thousands to the small town every year. But its place on a recently published list is drawing some negative attention.

There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.

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When you live in a small town it’s important to have places for people to come together to create a community identity. That’s what Jane Summerville says the library is for the mountain town of Stanley.

“It provides story time for preschoolers, the only preschool activities available in Stanley. We have great book discussions,” she says. “I think more it’s a community center than anything, a gathering place.”