In 1885 a prospector and carpenter, Noah Kellogg discovered an outcropping of lead ore high on a hillside above what is now the Town of Wardner. This discovery spurred the settlements of Kellogg and Wardner which later became home of the famous Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mines.
Kellogg has a rich history of mining spanning more than a century. Being the largest town in the Silver Valley, Kellogg was home to the Bunker Hill Smelter complex. In 1982 the Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter closed.
Since 1982 the town has worked tremendously hard to redefine itself as a year round tourist destination. There is an abundance of beautiful rugged wilderness with easy access to hiking, camping, and offroading surrounding the town. Kellogg is also home to Silver Mountain Ski and Mountain Bike Resort which has the longest single stage gondola in the world and has been called the best downhill mountain bike resort in the inland northwest the last several years in a row. The Trail of The Coeur d’Alenes, a 72 mile paved biking trail, considered one of the “crown jewels” of The Rails to Trails Conservancy program runs right through the heart of town.