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Spokane County, Washington

99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99206, 99207, 99208, 99212, 99216, 99218, 99223

a Native American word which means "Children of the Sun."
Lilac City in the West

Page Contents for Spokane, Washington

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Spokane is approximately 189,000 (1999), 208916 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 79,875 (1990), 87271 (2010).
The amount of land area in Spokane is 144.816 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Spokane is 57+ sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.882 sq kilometers.
The distance from Spokane to Washington DC is 2219 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 271 miles. (as the crow flies)
Spokane is positioned 47.67 degrees north of the equator and 117.41 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Spokane elevation is 1879 to more than 2400 feet above sea level.
Spokane average annual precipitation is 16 to 22 inches peryear.
Spokane average annual snowfall is 51.6 inches per year.


in eastern Washington near the Idaho border and scenic Coeur d'Alene.
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History & History Related Items

See Historical Events for some interesting historical facts about Spokane.

The trading post at Spokane was the first non-Indian settlement of the Pacific Northwest. Settlers learned quickly that a trip to Spokane meant profitable business and good hospitality.
The Northwest Fur Co. was established in 1810 soon after the Lewis and Clark expedition came through the area. They opened operations alongside the Little Spokane River about 10 miles from what is now Spokane. In 1872, the real beginnings of Spokane came into life at Spokane Falls. Fur trading ceased to be the predominant business of the area with lumber and grain taking over. In 1889 a devastating fire destroyed much of the city. Though a tragedy, the fire spurred the community to build more and better. This development has continued through the years since that time.

A history page for Spokane and the area.
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Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, but grew up in Spokane. He attended Gonzaga University which also houses the Crosby Library. The Library contains 20,000+ souvenirs from his life, including a pair of mongramed Pajamas!

Spokane, Washington is known as the Lilac City in the West, because in the spring time the City's Lilac trees are overwhelmingly in bloom, and there is a Lilac parade and festival every year.

Riverfront Park
off I-90 along the Spokane River.
This park was the site of Expo '74 and now features some of the attractions from that expo. Spokane Falls is part of the park.

Manito Park
Grand Blvd. between 17th and 25th Ave.
Spokane, WA
Phone: 509-456-4331
The park features a conservatory, perennial garden, a rose garden, a lilac garden, a formal garden, a Japanese garden and more. for information and news about Spokane and nearby areas.

Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum
2316 W. First Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: 509-456-3931
Email: See historical exhibits of this area including Plateau Indian arts and handicrafts. Changing exhibits throughout the year may also be viewed.

The Spokane Opera House

Things to see and do in the Spokane area.

Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum
5225 N. Freya
Spokane, Washington
Phone: 509-489-8859

Northwest Museum of ARts and Culture
2316 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: 509-456-3931
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Spokane City Government

The City of Spokane official city site

Spokane City Clerk
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201-3333
Phone: 509-625-6350

Spokane Historical Events

Spokane History

Students in the 5th grade at Discovery School researched locations in Spokane History and created on-location reports about what happened at each site. A Spokane History Video was filmed and edited by the students and is updated as time goes by. The project began in 1998.

Spokane Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
801 W Riverside Ave, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-624-1393 Fax: 509-747-0077

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
9507 East Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Phone: 509-924-4994
Toll-free: 866-475-1436

Spokane Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
801 W Riverside Ave, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-624-1393 Fax: 509-747-0077

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
9507 East Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Phone: 509-924-4994
Toll-free: 866-475-1436

Spokane Libraries

North Spokane Library
44 E Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99218-1513
Phone: 509-467-5250

Spokane Public Library
906 West Main
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-444-5300

Spokane County Library District

Spokane Schools

Discovery School
323 S. Grant Street
Spokane, Washington 99202
Phone: 509-838-0606

East Valley School District
12325 E Grace Ave
Spokane, WA 99216-1151
Phone: 509-924-1830

Spokane Public School Dist 81
200 N Bernard St.
Spokane, WA 99201-0206
Phone: 509-353-5242


Eastern Washington University
705 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99201-3909
Phone: 509-623-4200

Spokane Community College
1810 N Greene St
Spokane, WA 99217-5320
Phone: 509-533-7000

Spokane Falls Comm College
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224-5204
Phone: 509-533-3500

Washington State University
601 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99201-3802
Phone: 509-358-7500

Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99202-1713
Phone: 509-328-4220

Online Leadership Degree
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Whitworth College
300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99218-2515
Phone: 509-466-1000

Apollo College offers certificate and degree programs ranging from four months to two years of study.
The college has 6 locations: North Phoenix, West Phoenix, Mesa, Tuscon (all in Arizona). Additional facilities are located in Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington.
Spokane, Washington location:
Spokane Campus
North 1101 Fancher Drive
Spokane, Washington 99212
Phone: (509) 532-8888 Spokane


The population of Spokane was:
1990 - 177,196
1999 - 189,000

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