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Spokane History – Children of the Sun

Spokane – An Indian word meaning “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”. The history of Spokane probably started in 1810, with the building of the fur trading post at Spokane House (where the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers meet) under the direction of David Thompson, explorer for the Canadian’s North West Trading Company. With accessibility to the Columbia River and thus the Pacific Ocean, it was the ideal trade center for the transport of furs in the region. In 1812, an American company (Pacific Fur Company) built a competitive post nearby, but the threat of war caused a short …

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Photos by Contributors

The website has received several contributions for Spokane Pictures & Postcards from the early to mid 1900’s. So to help keep it simple, I will split them by contributor or subject matter. Since I only have a few up, they are listed by their gracious owners. Please check them out, and enjoy a bit of the past with us. Post Cards from the Past School Photos ~ Various Contributors Julie Shepard ~ Photo’s of various Spokane scenes. Bob Shannon ~ Photo collection of Moran Prairie Homesteads. Pamela Wagoner ~ Hutton School, 8th Grade, circa 1936. Ken Schade ~ Various Spokane business photo’s. Leslie Mikesell Wood ~ …

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Coeur d’Alene Park, Spokane

Post Cards from the Past

This is a beautiful collection of “Picture Postcards” showing the way Spokane was in the early days. These have been provided to us by Judith B. Glad. She is a romance writer and has graciously allowed these for your viewing pleasure. But please be considerate, and do not extract these for your own use without express permission from Judith. These are thumbnail images, so please click on them to see a larger Postcard. If you have a memory to go with any of these scenes, please let me know. If response is great enough, I will gladly start an oral …

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Indian Records Spokane County, Washington

Indian Tribes by nature were a nomadic group of people, where they were living today may not have been the area of many years ago.  When Researching your Indian Ancestors you need to look at many tribes and where they lived and traveled.  Indian Tribes around Spokane County Colville Indians Colville Tribe – Hodge Colville Indians – Swanton Colville Treaties Agreement of July 7, 1883 Washington Indian Tribes Indian Tribes of the Northwest Region Pacific Slope Indians Native American Land Patents Indian Missions of the Columbia Region Free US Indian Census Schedules 1885-1940 Colville Agency 1885-1888 Colville Agency Census 1890-1893 Colville Agency …

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History of the city of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington

History of the city of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington

This cross index is for the volume of Durham’s History of the City of Spokane and the Inland Empire or Spokane Country, as it sometimes says in the title. (Volume II, pages 5 through 831, published in 1912.) The Inland Empire refers to that region from the Cascade foothills to the west, to the Idaho panhandle, northeastern Oregon, eastern Montana, and the lower east portion of British Columbia, Canada. The pioneers listed were born from the 1840’s to the 1880’s. They came from all over the United States and Europe; most came before 1900. The wives, parents, and children are …

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Marine Telephones Work on Iwo Jima

This the Transcription was submitted by Leah McKin, Friday, June 29, 2007. From the “Santa Cruz Sentinel” (Santa Cruz, California), Tuesday, 13 March 1945, p. 5 Marine Telephones Work on Iwo Jima By Hamilton Faron With the Fifth Marine Division, Iwo Jima, Feb. 25 (Delayed) (AP)–A telephone system comparable to that in the average town of 65,000 population in the United States grew from nothing in the first five days ashore on this little island in the Volcano group. Signal corps men operating under heavy artillery fire, harassed by snipers, laid more than 700 miles of telephone lines. Those lines, …

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Spokane County, Washington Cemeteries

These are all the listings I could find for Cemeteries in Spokane County, if you know the location of any more, please let me know. Ahavath Israel Cemetery Anderson Family Cemetery Bassett Springs Cemetery Chattaroy Cemetery Chester Cemetery Curby Cemetery Dartford Cemetery Deep Creek Cemetery Elk Cemetery Evergreen (Hillyard Masonic) Cemetery Evergreen IOOF (North Pine) Cemetery Fairfield (Fairview) Cemetery Fairmont Cemetery Fairview Cemetery, Cheney Fairview (Jerue) Cemetery, Medical Lake Fairview Cemetery, Rockford First Deer Park Cemetery Fort Wright Military Cemetery Four Mound Prairie Cemetery Freeman (Evergreen Cemetery) Graham Road Cemetery Green Mound (Evergreen IOOF) Cemetery Greenwood Cemetery Hangman Creek Cemetery Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery …

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Green Bluff, Spokane County, Washington

Green Bluff is a small unincorporated farming community in Spokane County, and the name of a nearby cliff. Long ago Native Americans burned away the underbrush on the bluff to give them better vision while they hunted game. A repercussion of this act was the growth of thick green grass around the evergreen trees, giving the area a park-like appearance. The bluff was given the name “Green Bluff” by early pioneers. Peone Prairie, a valley to the south of the bluff was a gathering place for Native American tribes who frequented Green Bluff. Baptiste Peone was chief of the valley camp, and …

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Cheney, Spokane County, Washington

Cheney, (pronounced che’-ne) is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, and its population grows to approximately 17,600 people on a temporary basis when classes at Eastern Washington University are in session. Named for Boston railroad tycoon Benjamin Pierce Cheney, Cheney was officially incorporated on November 28, 1883. Cheney developed into the city known today because of its strong ties to education, rail, and agriculture. This provided a strong economic base for the community and was the result of a much larger event that took place in the United States. In 1858, …

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Towns of Spokane County, Washington

Airway Heights Airway Heights, is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport. Growth in the City was spurred by the opening of the Airway Heights Correction Center by the Washington State Department of Corrections in 1992 and the opening of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino by the Kalispel Indian Tribe. City Homepage http://www.cawh.org/ Amber Amber is an unincorporated community in Spokane County. The town, which has few residents, is located along Amber Lake. Chattaroy Chattaroy is …

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