Sightseeing Near Kingston, Idaho

Murray, Idaho
Trip Day Eighteen: June 29, 2000
Walts Way & Almquist Avenue

Almquist is the main street in town. And from what we saw, ninety-one-year-old Walt Almquist was its main citizen in the year 2000 and many years prior to that. And you are about to get a glimpse of what Mr. Almquist does in this almost-ghost gold-mining town.

It's nice to know the distance to Wallace, because later we will double back and take that road.

Spragpole Museum

Nobody told us what that means.

The Spragpole is quite famous in these parts. We even met a man over in the middle of Washington state that had been here! But then, he'd been to the Enaville Resort too.

Inside, you'll find a smelly old beer bar, that also serves very good barbecue we've been told, but it's what's beyond the bar that make's the place famous.

And that's Walt Almquist's museum!

Funny Money

One of the first exhibits in the museum is currency. All kinds of money from many places in the world. Some of it's funny like this "TWE - 3" dollar bill with Richard Nixon's picture on it. But much of it looks genuine.

From there you will see collections of every description, all organized and labeled. The kinds of collections have no limits!


There are a lot of mineral samples, several collections of them. They might be placed next to a collection of antique radios or typewriters, or dolls, or campaign buttons.

Here's an antique washing machine, protected by a wire fence. I suppose some of the museum guests tries to climb on it or something.

And wouldn't you know, there's another beryl with a mineral sample perched atop.

I don't know how big this place is. It seems to wander with aisles and more aisles full of display shelves. And while we were there, workmen were busy adding a 2500 sq. foot addition to house more of Walt's collections. As you might expect, people have learned of the museum and sometimes donate some of their collections to the collections here.

A visit to this place is a journey into history and Americana. It's a trip! And we will continue ours, over Thompson Pass to Thompson Falls, then back over the mountains to Wallace.

Page last updated August 8, 2000.