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Name Spokane
Details Spokane, WA is the major city of the Inland Empire of Washington. It is at the falls of the Spokane River ninety miles south of the Canadian boundary in central Spokane County. Several trading posts, owned by Pacific Fur Company, The North West Company, and Hudson's Bay Company, operated in the vicinity from 1810 to 1826. Permanent settlement started in 1871 when J. J. Downing, S. R. Scranton, and R. M. Benjamin built a sawmill near Spokane Falls. On February 13, 1878, the town was platted as Spokane Falls, and in Nov. 29, 1881, was incorporated under the same name. When the town was reincorporated in 1890 the city council altered the name to its present form. This name appears to be from the Indian tribal designation, Spehkunne, meaning Children of the Sun or Sun People. It evidently comes from Indians who formerly lived in a village at the foot of Spokane Falls. When they fished at the falls, they stood in a rainbow or halo of light formed by sunlight striking a cloud of mist. An alternate source of the name is from Illum Spokane, an elderly chief of Middle Spokans, who once lived near the falls.

Associated Records

Image of 2006.001.0001 - Supplement, Newspaper

2006.001.0001 - Supplement, Newspaper

Newspaper: "Entertainment & Travel" published by The Spokesman-Review from August 12, 1990.

Image of 2006.001.0040 - Newspaper

2006.001.0040 - Newspaper

Newspaper: "A Reproduction of a Special Section, The Spokesman-Review" with headline "Volcano Erupts!" Sunday Collectors' Issue from May 25, 1980.

Image of 2006.001.0042 - Newspaper

2006.001.0042 - Newspaper

Newspaper: "The Spokesman-Review" from June 16, 1997.

1990.001.0305 - Postcard

Postcard (non souvenir type) addressed to "SD# 105, Grant County / Mrs. Ina I. Reid, Clk. / Wheeler, Washington" on front of card. Cancelled green 1 cent Thomas Jefferson stamp in proper upper left hand corner on front. Postmark is "1 SPOKANE / SEP 14 / 230 PM / 1928 / WASH." and is near stamp on front. Below postmark is "THIS SIDE OF CARD IS FOR ADDRESS" printed in green. Reverse of card has typed message: "PLEASE FILE FOR REFERENCE / SPOKANE, WASH 9-14-28 / We thank you for your order of recent date / which has just arrived and will have our careful attention / without any delay other than may be incident to the crowd- / ing of orders at this season of the year. / If you write us

Image of 2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

2006.018.0001 - Pamphlet

Brochure, possibly published by Brown Neppel Storage Co. Brochure front cover has in black lettering "Third Annual / PREMIUM LIST / Grant County / Agricultural / FAIR / Friday / and / Saturday / Sept. 4 and 5 / 1925 / Neppel, Wash." Lettering bordered by black boarder and black line illustration of flower swag between Fair and Friday. Back cover has in black lettering "Compliments / of / Brown / Neppel / Storage / Co. / Neppel, Wash." Lettering is bordered by a black line and a black illustration of a wreath between Co. and Neppel. Cover is made from brownish paper and pages inside brochure are white. Brochure lists Officers of the Grant County Fair Association (C.W. Scott, P