Stories

The Mammoths of Latah

The Mammoths of Latah

Mammoth remains were discovered in the Spring of 1876, after heavy rains worsened the swampy conditions of the bog-like environment of Latah.

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Vegalene

Vegalene

An early Spokane Valley company enters the race for fuel. Vegalene! With rapid growth of the auto industry, an alt fuel company was started.

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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, places...

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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...

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Current Exhibits

Mullan Military Road

Mullan Military Road

Mullan’s Military Road exhibit opens on April 30th. 624 miles of road were constructed from Ft Walla Walla, WA to Ft Benton, MT from 1858 to 862.

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Communications Corner

Communications Corner

Technology developed our ability to communicate with the world and the Museum has a replica telephone switchboard for you to investigate.

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Apple is King

Apple is King

Apple orchard farming was the chief economic driver in Spokane Valley’s early years. Without water, however, none of it was possible.

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Under One Sky

Under One Sky

Spokane Valley is the ancestral homeland of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. Under One Sky exhibit features stories of fur traders, missionary priests, Antoine Plante, and the Mullan Road.

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