Facts and Fables of Spokane

Though called “The Lilac City” for the purple blooms that thrive in the area,

Spokane gets its name from the nearby Native American tribe of the same name, which means “Children of the Sun” in Salish.

Facts and Fables of Spokane

  • Bing Crosby grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University before going on to stardom.
  • The first official celebration of Father’s Day was in Spokane on June 19, 1910. In 1974 the city became the smallest to host the World’s Fair.
  • Riverfront Park is home to a century-old carousel, a trash-eating goat sculpture, and a gondola that stretches across the river.
  • In Colville, streetlamp poles feature silhouettes of local scenes and animals, while the base of the Historic Colville Clock Tower is encircled by a Native American a logger, a miner, and a trapper, and top features an eagle’s nest.
  • The 50-million-year-old rose-shaped fossils on display at the Stonerose Interpretive Center aren’t roses at all, but a variety of cocoa tree.

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Anne Larkin