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Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

    Above is a copy of the 2018 Heritage Museum Newsletter     Article by Jayne Singleton Copy Right Spokane Valley Heritage Museum 2018. All Rights Reserved    

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Bridge Builders and Ferry Men in the Spokane Valley

Bridge Builders and Ferry Men in the Spokane Valley

In the early 1800s the first white men came into the Spokane Valley. ¬†These were mainly fur trappers and military personnel. The options for crossing the Spokane River were few. At this time these men crossed at a few different fords used by the Indians,…

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Pioneer Families

Pioneer Families

From The Current: Trent, Trentwood, Steno, Irvin – all are names that have been used to describe a section of the north central Valley. By 1882, the Northern Pacific Railroad had completed tracks through the Spokane Valley, The origin of the name Trent is unclear….

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Meet The Lake Men

Meet The Lake Men

From The Current: The “Lake Men” were very early pioneers in the Spokane valley. Three of them, Courchaine, Liberty, and Newman, settled at Saltese, Liberty and Newman Lake. Morrison, who arrived in the Valley about 20 years later, was equally influential. His property is still…

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‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season

We love the Christmas holidays. One of our favorite things to do at the Museum is to flip through our archives of the Spokane Valley¬†Herald newspapers and check out the ads. Here’s one for a sale on apples, which is well known to be the…

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  • Fishing on Newman Lake

    Fishing on Newman Lake

  • McFadden's Resort at Newman Lake

    McFadden's Resort at Newman Lake

  • Water Slide at Natatorium Park

    Water Slide at Natatorium Park

Summer fun: Parks, picnic and theater were big features of early Spokane Valley leisure

From picnics to theater, summer in the Spokane Valley has always offered an assortment of places to relax. The biggest picnic in the state began in 1922 and was called the All Valley Picnic. It was held at Liberty Lake Park near the Pavillion that…

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