Welcome William Ross Wallace Back to Wallace, Idaho

The Blazen Divas were invited to participate in a historic event in Wallace, Idaho today.  This year's Founder's Day Parade was organized to welcome back the tombstone of William Ross Wallace, the founder of the town of Wallace.  The tombstone had been missing for quite some time.

Per the Wallace Founder's Day website "Col. William Ross Wallace purchased land where the town now sits in the 1880s. Unbeknownst to him the cash he used was counterfeit.  After the funny money was discovered, the then Mayor Wallace left town under a cloud of suspicion.  Fast forward to today and the community seeks to redeem Col. Wallace’s reputation in addition to his grave marker."


Wallace died in Whittier, California, where his tombstone was placed.  Later the town turned the cemetery into a park and moved "some" of the bodies and stacked many tombstones somewhere on city property (apparently that was okay?)  At some point, the city gave the tombstone along with 4 truckloads of other grave markers to a collector in Acton, California.  In 2016, researchers found the tombstone and brought it back to Wallace.  

Today, it was positioned in a place of honor by the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum. Thank you, CIty of Wallace, for inviting us to your celebration.


Today, it was positioned in a place of honor by the Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum. Thank you, CIty of Wallace, for inviting us to your celebration.


For more information on William R. Wallace, visit the Wallace Founder's Day Website.