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Space pod and Stardust make up the intergalactic district of Wallace.

Sit in a Spaceship

Field review by the editors.

Wallace, Idaho

The Red Light Garage restaurant opened in Wallace in 2004. The spaceship in the parking lot arrived five years later.

Next stop, the Final Frontier.

According to a story told to us by a couple of young employees, the spaceship was purchased by Garage owners Jamie and Barbara Baker from a movie prop store in Spokane that was going out of business. Barbara wanted the space pod; Jamie said no. Then Jamie secretly purchased the UFO anyway when Barbara walked out to their car. It arrived several days later as a surprise. "They're both really funny," we were told.

The spaceship has mysterious Martian-style symbols on its interior ceiling, and storage bins for travelers planning an intergalactic jaunt. It's not unique; we've seen others in Florida and in Texas, but the Wallace UFO is better maintained.

Although the space pod is only a photo op, at least one nervous customer came into the restaurant convinced that it was real. "If you guys take off," he told the employees, "watch out for the wires."

Sit in a Spaceship

Red Light Garage

302 5th St., Wallace, ID
Outside of the Red Light Garage restaurant, which is on the southwest corner of 5th and Pine Sts.
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