Along the way to Missoula

2 09 2012
Elmer's Fountain

Elmer’s Fountain

We’re enroute to Missoula from Coeur d’Alene along I-90.  Just before the MT/ID state line, near Wallace, ID is Elmer’s Fountain.  Easily visible from the highway, the fountains are the work of Elmer Almquist, a skilled welder, pilot and businessman.  The water is supplied by snow melt and a small, high elevation lake.  Originally providing hydroelectric power for a mining mill, the fountains now provide sparkling clean water and a photo spot for the travelers along I-90.  Flowing through underground mine shafts, the water says warm year-round and in winter makes beautiful ice sculptures.

Originally called Arnold’s Fountain for the owner of the mine and lands, the fountains were renamed in 1986 when Mr. Almquist died.

Elmer's Fountain

Elmer’s Fountain

 

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