Spokane, Washington, is a city in the extreme eastern part of the state and is home to about 210,000 individuals. The National Civic League gave Spokane the All-America City Award in 1974 and 2004. The beautiful city, known as “The Lilac City,” features many notable historic homes and business framed by lilacs and other mature trees.
Downtown Spokane is the heart of the city center. The downtown district is home to the county government offices some of which are built in impressive historical architectural styles.Spokane’s history revolves around its river, which tumbles through downtown in a series of rapids and falls known as Spokane Falls. The recently rebuilt Monroe Street Bridge crosses the Spokane Falls and is a important symbol of the city. Along the river is Riverfront Park, the Inland Northwest Bank Performing Arts Center, the Convention Center, and the River Park Square shopping mall. At the north end of Riverfront Park is the 12,000 seat Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
The downtown of Spokane is a wonderful area in a historic city and offers visitors many opportunities for incredible shopping, world class entertainment, and some of the region’s best dining.
The Spokane tribe is descended from hunter-gatherers that inhabited the region over 8,000 years ago. Fur trappers of European descent were sent here by the Northwest Fur Company in the early 1800s. Explorer David Thompson then sent trappers to the Spokane River to construct a trading post. What became known as “The Spokane House” operated from 1810-1826. Present-day Spokane was first settled in earnest in the 1870s as settlers arrived via the Oregon Trail.
Shortly thereafter Spokane underwent an enormous shift. With the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad Spokane became the commercial center of the Inland Northwest. Spokane eventually became one of the most important rail centers in the western US and the site of four transcontinental railroads. Spokane continued to grow rapidly through the early 20th century.
In recent Years Downtown Spokane had undergone a major rebirth. After the completion of the River Park Square Mall The historic Davenport Hotel underwent a major renovation in after being vacant for over 20 years. The historic Montvale Hotel and the Fox Theater (now home to the Spokane Symphony) have also undergone recent remodels. There have in recent years been numerous new condo building as well as renovations to historic, older brick buildings which are being converted to house both condos and business.
Parks and Recreation
Spokane’s park system is considered to be one of the most extensive in the American West. Over 85 parks cover more than 4,000 acres. There are six aquatic centers, an arboretum and botanical gardens.
The Spokane River cascading through the heart of downtown Spokane is the city’s most unique asset. Riverfront Park was created after Expo ’74 on the same site. today, it hosts some of Spokane’s biggest events. The 100-acre facility offers views of Spokane Falls, and it features a unique gondola lift called Skyride. An amusement park becomes an ice skating rink in the winter. A historic, hand-carved carousel built in 1909 is still in use at Riverfront Park to this day. The park also includes an Imax Theater, gondola rides over the falls, the historic Clock Tower and a variety of much admired sculpture.
Attractions and Activities
There is always something to do in downtown Spokane. The area features many opportunities to enjoy food, shopping, bars and music. The downtown truly has something for everyone, day or night
The historic Davenport Hotel is a must see architectural gem. The hotels main lobby area is of breathtaking beuaty.
The Mobius Science Center and the Mobius Kid’s Museum are great downtown family destinations. The children will learn about some of the innovative ways in which science and technology are impacting modern life. Interactive kid’s exhibits provide true hands-on experiences.
Those that enjoy the arts will be richly rewarded in Spokane. Spokane’s Artwalk is held in both February and October each year. The Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra add to a vibrant cultural scene in the city. The Interplayers Ensemble is a professional theater troupe based in Spokane. Performances by these groups are staged at the beautifully restored Fox Theater. This 1931 example of classic art deco architecture is an ideal theatrical and musical venue. Many other events are hosted by the Bing Crosby Theater, a performing arts center that was re-named in 1988 to honor the famous Spokane native.
The Lilac Festival is an annual event which virtually all Spokane Residents attend. The downtown area becomes alive with energy as the festival commences. The festival features a parade as well as many community events.
It can be very helpful to enlist the services of a Spokane real estate agent that really knows the city when Spokane properties are being considered. A prospective Spokane home buyer will have many hundreds of homes for sale in Spokane to choose from. Bernadette Pillar can help one to find the best values in Spokane WA real estate.
The homes for sale in Spokane range from affordable, renovated bungalows and frame homes to newer all-brick, two-story Spokane homes in modern subdivisions. The real estate in Spokane also includes a diverse selection of condominium homes. The discriminating buyer will be able to consider Spokane WA homes with water views. Some exclusive Spokane homes for sale are found along golf course fairways.