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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Spokane, Washington

Clickable Map of Spokane County, Washington and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Spokane County, WA (43) Lincoln County, WA (4) Pend Oreille County, WA (4) Stevens County, WA (0) Whitman County, WA (2) Benewah County, ID (18) Bonner County, ID (9) Kootenai County, ID (24)  SpokaneCounty(43) Spokane County (43)  LincolnCounty(4) Lincoln County (4)  PendOreilleCounty(4) Pend Oreille County (4)  StevensCounty(0) Stevens County (0)  WhitmanCounty(2) Whitman County (2)  BenewahCountyIdaho(18) Benewah County (18)  BonnerCounty(9) Bonner County (9)  KootenaiCounty(24) Kootenai County (24)
Spokane is the county seat for Spokane County
Spokane is in Spokane County
      Spokane County (43)  
      Lincoln County (4)  
      Pend Oreille County (4)  
      Stevens County (0)  
      Whitman County (2)  
      Benewah County, Idaho (18)  
      Bonner County, Idaho (9)  
      Kootenai County, Idaho (24)  
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1 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
2 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Abraham LincolnCommander-in-Chief of the Union Army
northwest inscription:Abraham Lincoln Commander-in-Chief of the Union Army reviewing his troops 1861 – 1865 Dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic Department of Washington and Alaska northeast inscription: ”I pray . . . Map (db m168462) WM
3 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
4 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
5 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Canada Island ResolutionAdopted by the City Council of Spokane on August 26, 1974
Whereas, in recognition of the friendship and good will existing between the citizens of the City of Spokane and our neighbors to the north, the People of Canada, the City of Spokane has named, on April 8, 1974, an island in the north channel of the . . . Map (db m154272) HM
6 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
7 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
8 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
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9 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower
Land on Havermale Island was provided to the people of Spokane by Burlington Northern Inc. to serve as the center of Expo ’74. The Clock Tower of the former Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot, built in 1902, now stands as a monument to the . . . Map (db m154296) HM
10 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Havermale Island — Pioneer Stronghold
In 1877, the few white people living in Spokane Falls, and settlers from the surrounding area came here for protection because the Nez Perce Indians were on the warpath. They chose this island, then known as Big Island, for defense because of the . . . Map (db m154270) HM
11 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
12 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
13 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — John Robert MonaghanEnsign United States Navy
Erected A.D. 1906 By the citizens of his native State. Commemorative of John Robert Monaghan Ensign United States Navy Born Chawelah, Washington, March 26th, 1873. Graduated Annapolis, June, 1895. Slain near Apia, Samoa, April 1st, 1899. During . . . Map (db m152401) HM
14 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Look Up, Look Around!The Spokane County Courthouse — 1895-1995 —
The Spokane County Courthouse, designed by Willis A. Ritchie, is a magnificent example of the French Renaissance style of architecture. Note the intricate carving around the entry; the variety of construction materials; the many towers. Another . . . Map (db m154288) HM
15 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Monroe Bridge
. . . Map (db m148676) HM
16 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
17 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Post Street Bridge
. . . Map (db m148745) HM
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18 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Post Street SubstationDistributing Electricity
Avista's Post Street Substation has distributed power to downtown Spokane since 1909. The substation, still identified by the Washington Water Power signs on its roof (the company changed its name in 1999), is a prominent part of Avista's living . . . Map (db m197103) HM
19 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Rebecca Jane “Reba” HurnSpokane’s First Female Lawyer and Washington State’s First Female Senator — 1881 - 1967 —
Rebecca "Reba" Hurn was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, on August 21, 1881. Her father, David William Hurn, was a prominent lawyer, judge, banker, newspaperman, and mayor of Clear Lake. Her mother was Grace Harriett Butts. In 1905, the family moved to . . . Map (db m189726) HM
20 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Spokane County Conservation Futures Program
"There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country." —Theodore Roosevelt, 1912 In 1973, the Washington State Legislature recognized that haphazard growth and the spread of urban development was encroaching upon, or . . . Map (db m154277) HM
21 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Spokane LibraryEast Side Branch
. . . Map (db m197106) HM
22 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Spokane LibraryNorth Spokane
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m197107) HM
23 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
24 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
25 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Spokane's Evolving Riverfront
The riverfront near Spokane Falls has been used for Many purposes since Euro-Americans settled here in the 1870s. Reflecting the values and technologies of their times, people have used the area as a source of energy, a transportation and . . . Map (db m154292) HM
26 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
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27 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
28 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — The Bill of RightsBicentennial of the Constitution
Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the . . . Map (db m158966) HM
29 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
30 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
31 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse
This Federal Courthouse is dedicated in honor of Spokane's Thomas S. Foley U.S. Representative, 1965-1995 Speaker of the House, 1989-1995 in gratitude for his service to this community and the citizens of the United States of America . . . Map (db m158964) HM
32 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane — Walter F. Horan Plaza
This Plaza is dedicated to the memory of Walter F. Horan 1898-1966 U.S. Representative, 1943-65 in gratitude for his service to this community and the citizens of the State of Washington Adopted August 17, 1999 William Jefferson Clinton, . . . Map (db m158965) HM
33 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
34 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
35 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane, Hillyard — James J Hill - "The Empire Builder"
Originally referred to as the 'Horse Plains' or 'Wild Horse Prairie' by fur traders from the Hudson's Bay Company. As the Great Northern Railway pushed across Montana, Idaho and Washington in the late 1800's, "James J. Hill" also known as "The . . . Map (db m218967) HM
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36 Washington, Spokane County, Spokane, Hillyard — The Not So Little Train That Could...And Did
Ever wonder what dozens of rail cars set loose on a hill can do? Residents of Hillyard and Spokane found out in the early morning hours of June 22, 1903 allegedly that day, "disgruntled tramps or hobos" uncoupled around sixty ill-fated rail cars . . . Map (db m218966) HM
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Jun. 3, 2023