Spokane, Our Early
History: Under All Is The Land
Published for the Spokane Association of Realtors' Centennial
Dreams of wealth, illusions of grandeur, and hopes for an easier life. Fulfillment was within easy reach. Within a hundred-mile radius, gold ran freely in creek beds that were surrounded by towering pines. Thunderous falls, deep fertile soil, and land - wide-open, great expanses of land - there for the asking. And at the center of these rich natural resources was the beginning of a tiny town - Spokane Falls. For capitalists, lumbermen, miners, land investors, homesteaders, the potential appeared limitless, and they soon began to flock to the area in staggering numbers.
In the beginning,
the few rugged, determined settlers who believed in the town's potential
struggled merely to survive. The isolation was suffocating. The backwater
outpost had no lifeline to civilization - only the promise of the first
northern transcontinental rail line. But the promise had been there for
years. Now the town's future hung in the balance as the railroad company
teetered under threat of financial failure. The few settlers, buoyed up
by James Glover (the Father of Spokane), clung together for strength,
even as some despaired and drifted away in hopes of finding an easier
This book showcases
the city's growth through words and photographs. Spokane was built by
wealth extracted from the region's mines, forests, and the mighty Spokane
River, and of course, sales of the land. Tribute is paid to those who
developed and sold the land, built neighborhoods and parks, and designed
the opulent mansions and handsome commercial structures that rival those
of any city. As their gift to Spokane, this book was sponsored by the
Spokane Association of Realtors® to help celebrate their centennial.
Hardcover (8.5" x 11"), 320 pages, 395 photo illustrations, indexed.
and quantity discounts available.
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Tony or Suzanne Bamonte
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