Spokane is located in eastern part of Washington State. Trail goes into Idaho.
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I grew up in a small town not far from Spokane and I remember laughing at the prospect of Spokane having a worlds fair. My grandmother described Spokane as a little wheat ranching town that just out grew its britches. At the hub of an area called the Inland Empire, Spokane serves as a trade center with all its "chamber of commerce style boosting" and bragadosio promoting. The little wheat town was too conservative to pass its school levy, sometime in the 1970s just before the fair, but plans for the fair continued. I remember thinking it was dumb to plan a worlds fair when the taxpayers were too cheap to support the schools, but funny as it seemed, the fair was a success.
The old fair grounds have become one of the most beautiful urban parks I have experienced. River Front Park is right in the heart of the city and it makes good use of the thundering falls on the Spokane River. The Centennial trail wonders through the park catching the spray from the falls along with the gondolas.
Crossing the Spokane River on a well designed bridge near Gonzaga University.
Spokane and North Idaho Centennial Trail on my Flickr.
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