“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Spokane County Washington Historical Markers

Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982) Marker image, Touch for more information
By Jerry Klinger, May 8, 2019
Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982) Marker
Washington (Spokane County), Cheney — Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910 – 1982)
From the 1940’s – 1960’s, U.S. Indian Policy was Termination. The policy strove for Native American Tribes to sell their lands to the government. The Tribes would disband and “assimilate” into American society, ending their unique . . . — Map (db m134142) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Deep Creek Community — Camp Washington
Commemorating the establishing of Camp Washington by Governor Isaac I. Stevens on the site in front of this monument where he and Gen'l then Captain George B McClellan and their military and engineering forces met and camped from October . . . — Map (db m45328) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Fairchild — The Battle of Spokane Plains
was fought near this spot on September 5, 1858 in which U.S. troops under command of Col. George Wright defeated the allied — Coeur d'Alene Palouse, and Spokane Indians — Map (db m3817) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Four Lakes — Battle of Four Lakes
On this historic ground, Sept. 1, 1858, 700 soldiers under Col Geo. Wright, U.S.A. routed 5,000 allied indians. Four days later, the rallied hostiles were decisively defeated in a running battle. They sued for mercy, and have ever since . . . — Map (db m3816) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Hite — Colville - Walla Walla Road
Erected to the Explorers, Fur Traders Missionaries Soldiers and Pioneers who made an Indian Trail the Colville - Walla Walla Road 1811 — Map (db m3734) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — A Legacy of Railroads
Beginning with Northern Pacific tracks in 1881, railroads propelled Spokane's early 20th Century growth. Transcontinental lines linked Chicago and Minneapolis to Spokane, Portland, Seattle and the Pacific Coast. Rails reaching Spokane brought wealth . . . — Map (db m148695) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — An Evolving Shoreline
Before the arrival of the railroads in 1889, the riverbank west of the Division Street Bridge to Park Street (now Browne) cut southward then turned west. Lumber in sheds and open stacks, and W.R. Marvin's Planing Mill & Sash and Door Factory crowded . . . — Map (db m148681) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Bridges in Spokane
The Spokane River falls — despite their beauty and power that attracted the first Euro-American settlers to the region — was an obstacle to the new city. Private donations helped build the first public crossing in 1881. By 1888, a . . . — Map (db m148627) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — City Hall
The city of Spokane Falls was incorporated by the Territorial Legislature of Washington on November 29, 1881. On this site, Frederick Post, the City’s first miller, built a two-story house. His flour mill was situated at the edge of the river. . . . — Map (db m148400) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Early Spokane
Prior to 1871, the area where you are now standing was populated by the Upper Band of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. It was one of their most important salmon fisheries. Following the passage by Congress of the 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad Land . . . — Map (db m148700) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Expo '74Spokane's Introduction to the World
The early 1970s were a time of growing environmental awareness and a worldwide desire to reduce pollution, recognize and protect endangered species and take better care of the planet. Spokane and its river became a perfect venue for this . . . — Map (db m148696) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — How the River Became Home for Sqelix — Spokane Tribe
The story below is paraphrased from a legend told to Father Essick, as shared by David C. Wynecoop in Children of the Sun: A History of the Spokane Indians, ©1969, page 72. Long ago, there was a beautiful lake many days' . . . — Map (db m148635) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Industry on the Spokane River
James Downing and Seth Scranton, founders of Spokane, located a small water-powered sawmill on the south channel of the river in 1872. James Glover expanded the sawmill and enticed Frederick Post to establish a gristmill in 1876. Following in 1885 . . . — Map (db m148684) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Monroe Bridge
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Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Monroe Street BridgeA Restored Treasure
An Icon Began to Crumble For over a century the Monroe Street Bridge has symbolized Spokane's proud heritage. However by the turn of the 21st century increasing traffic, heavier loads, and decades of wind and weather had weakened the structure. . . . — Map (db m148643) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Post Street Bridge
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Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Spokane RiverNative American Gathering Place
Its location on the banks of a major inland waterway, and its strategic access to annual salmon runs, have made the Spokane Falls a gathering place for thousands of years. The Spokane Indians who traditionally occupied the region around Spokane . . . — Map (db m148641) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Spokane's Electric Streetcars
For nearly five decades, the distinctive sounds of electric trolleys were common on Spokane streets. Humming along straightaways, screeching at stops and corners and thumping at crossings, streetcars were an everyday convenience, with most . . . — Map (db m148693) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Symbol of SpokaneThe Monroe Street Bridge
• Total length: 965 feet • Central arch span: 281 feet • Side arch spans: 120 feet • Height (at railing): 136 feet • Cost: $535,000 (half went to labor) Completed in 1911, the grand triple-arched Monroe Street Bridge stands as a symbol of the . . . — Map (db m148642) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Temple Beth ShalomHouse of Peace - 1892
Jews have participated in the social, economic and political life of the Pacific Northwest from the earliest period of exploration and settlement. Temple Emanu-El, erected at 3th and Madison was the first permanent Jewish House of Worship . . . — Map (db m134350) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — The First BridgesYesterday's Crossings
The growth of the city is traced in the growth of its bridges —E.T. Coman, president of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, at the dedication of the Monroe Street Bridge in 1911. Spokane is a city of bridges. With thriving commerce . . . — Map (db m148673) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — The Great Fire of 1889Water Pumping Plant
About 6 P.M. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1889 a fire started in a small restaurant six blocks south of here. It soon spread into an uncontrollable inferno which destroyed three-fourths of the business district. Miraculously only two lives were lost. . . . — Map (db m88665) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — Washington State Pavilion
The Washington State Pavilion was constructed as the centerpiece of Expo '74, providing a 2,700-seat Opera House and exhibition center. The building was designed by the firm Walker, McGough, Foltz, Lyerla Architects and Engineers today known as . . . — Map (db m148697) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane — What's in the Water
The Spokane River originates at Lake Coeur d'Alene, flowing about 112 miles through seven dams in its journey west to Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia. For native people, the river provided fish, spiritual sustenance and a gathering place. Today, the . . . — Map (db m148679) HM
Washington (Spokane County), Spokane Valley — M-R Military Wagon Road
Located by Captain John Mullan A.D. 1858 - A.D. 1862 Crossed the highway here — Map (db m144135) HM

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