Economic & Lifestyle Overview
Mullan is the easternmost town in the Silver Valley. It sits at an elevation of 3,278 and is only six miles from the Idaho and Montana border. Lookout Ski Pass and the Route of the Hiawatha sit at the border, making Mullan a fantastic option for both winter and summer recreation. Mullan itself also hosts the eastern most trailhead to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene. This 73-mile-long paved trail runs all the way to Plummer and is enjoyed by bikers, hikers, snowshoers, and Nordic skiers year-round. There is an annual Trail Rail Run that begins in Mullan and ends in St. Regis, Montana. This scenic run follows the Old Milwaukee & Northern Pacific Railroad grades and is a local favorite event.
Nine minutes east of Mullan’s center lies Shoshone Park, a large forested park with a stream running through it. The park itself is true to the nature around it and has been minimally disturbed by human construction, though there are a few family-friendly perks that give the park added outdoor comfort and enjoyment. There is a baseball field, 2 reservable kitchen shelters, and the Hale Fish Hatchery on the east end of the park. Mullan and the land around it is splendid. There is no shortage of Bitterroot mountain peaks, stream, high alpine lakes, campsites, and hiking trails to be explored and adored. The trails in and around Mullan provide a safe and easy route into the wilderness, exposing trail-riders to the magnificent National Forest and the life within it.
At a population of around 700, Mullan’s lifestyle can be described as peaceful and slow-paced. The city’s downtown has a beautiful grassy park filled with local flora amongst a gazebo, a playground, and a historical museum. Captain John Mullan, Mullan’s namesake, stands proudly as a statue in front of the city’s fire station and City Hall and faces old Mullan Road. There is a clear fishing stream that cuts through town, and the rest of the town is just as scenic as downtown. Many of the attractive homes were built at the turn of the 20th century. These historic buildings capture the nostalgia of the mining days, an earlier time when Mullan was home to 2,000 and would have been described as bustling.
Today, Mullan has its own fire department and an Olympic-size swimming pool open to the community. There is also a bowling alley, library, and a stage in the Morning Club building. This structure was gifted to the town by the Morning Mine after its 1921 construction.
Business Outlook & Competitive Advantages
Mullan is home to the entrance of the active Hecla – Lucky Friday Mine which provides both jobs and culture to this small town. The mine is expecting to have another 20-30 years of mine life, providing job stability and raw materials to regional manufacturing or production.
As well as the mine presence, there are 3 I-90 exits into Mullan, making transportation effortless. The cost of living in Mullan is similar to the rest of Shoshone County in that it is lower than the United States average, Mullan specifically is 28.1% lower. If you’re looking for a low cost of living with an exceptional quality of life and easy transportation, Mullan could be the right place in the Silver Valley for you.
History & Unique Facts
In 2018 alone, the Hecla – Lucky Friday Mine produces 169,041 ounces of silver.
Much of Mullan’s history has been captured in a story. This book covers the stories of Mullan from 1885-1985, including how the town got its name and the role the people of Mullan played in saving their town from the Great Fire of 1910. Read the full book here (need to upload scans to site and then link to this).