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Spokane (City), Washington

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  • Melvin Laverne Fay, Jr. (1943 - 2020)
    Melvin Laverne Fay Jr. On the morning of Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Melvin (Mel) Laverne Fay, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend left this world at 76 years young. Mel was born in Spokane...
  • Francis Lucene McMahan (1883 - 1960)
    Find a Grave
  • Annie Kooken (Hafterson) (1899 - 1962)
    w/o Benjamin H Kooken Mother of Donald & Marilyn KookenName: Anne Koken (sic) Residence Place: Spokane Death Date: Abt 1962 Death Place: Spokane Obituary Date: 17 Sep 1962 Obituary Place: Spokane, Wash...
  • Homer Francis Pointer (1904 - 1989)
    Retired from the Spokane Police Dept.
  • Wilbert Frank Kangas (1913 - 1992)

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Spokane is located in Spokane County, sits on the Spokane River and is the county seat.

Overview

Known as the birthplace of Father's Day, Spokane's official nickname is the "Lilac City". A pink, double flower cultivar of the common lilac, known as Syringa vulgaris 'Spokane', is named for the city.

The first people to live in the area, the Spokane tribe (their name meaning "children of the sun" in Salishan), lived off plentiful game. David Thompson explored the area with the westward expansion and establishment of the North West Company's Spokane House in 1810. This trading post was the first long-term European settlement in Washington. Completion of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1881 brought settlers to the Spokane area. The same year it was officially incorporated as a city with the name of Spokane Falls (it was reincorporated under its current name ten years later). In the late 19th century, gold and silver were discovered in the Inland Northwest. The local economy depended on mining, timber, and agriculture until the 1980s. Spokane hosted the first environmentally themed World's Fair at Expo '74.

Many of the downtown area's older Romanesque Revival-style buildings were designed by architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter after the Great Fire of 1889. The city also features Riverfront and Manito parks, the Smithsonian-affiliated Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Davenport Hotel, and the Fox and Bing Crosby theaters.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and the city is also the center of the Mormon Spokane Washington Temple District. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist represents the Anglican community. Gonzaga University was established in 1887 by the Jesuits, and the private Presbyterian Whitworth University was founded three years later and moved to north Spokane in 1914.

Links

Wikipedia

The Great Spokane Fire

List of Neighborhoods