Spokane, Washington


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The City of Spokane is named after the Spokane people.  In their language, Salishan, Spokane means ‘Children of the Sun’.  In 1881, completion of the Northern Pacific Railway brought settlers into the area, and that year the city was initially incorporated as ‘Spokane Falls’.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Spokane had a population of 208,916.  This makes it the second largest city in Washington and the 102nd largest city in the country.  The Spokane metropolitan area includes Spokane and Spokane Valley.  According to the 2010 Census, the region had a population of 471,221.

Due to “The Great Fire” of 1889, which affected much of Spokane’s downtown commercial district, architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter designed many downtown buildings in a Romanesque Revival-style.

Other sites in the city include the Monroe Street Bridge, built in 1911 and designed by Cutter and John Chester Ralston.  The deck arch bridge spans the Spokane River and is actually the third bridge in this location.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.  An extensive renovation project took place between 2003 and 2005, which ‘faithfully’ restored the bridge to its original appearance.

There are two notable companies headquartered in Spokane’s city proper.  These are gold mining company Gold Reserve and Fortune 1000 company Potlatch Corporation, which is a forest products company operating as a real estate investment trust.  Other companies in the area include Itron, Avista Corporation, Key Tronic, Red Lion Hotels Corporation, and microcar maker Commuter Cars.

Spokane’s Davenport Arts District has the largest concentration of art galleries in the city and is home to several venues including the Knitting Factory (which holds concerts), Bing Crosby Theater, and Fox Theater.  Within the Fox Theater is the Martin Woldson Theater, serving as the home of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.  In both 1974 and 2004, the National Civic League awarded the All-America City Award to the city of Spokane.

Lilacs were introduced into the area in the early 20th century and flourished.  Since then, Spokane has been given the nickname ‘The Lilac City’.  Thanks to campaigner Sonora Smart Dodd, the city is also known as the birthplace of the national movement leading to the proposal and eventual establishment of Father’s Day as a national holiday in the U.S.

When it comes to sports, Spokane has a few professional and semi-professional sports teams.  These include the Spokane Indians of Minor League Baseball, who play at Avista Stadium and have won eight league titles, Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock, who play in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and have won one league championship, and junior ice hockey’s Spokane Chiefs, who also play in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and have one two Memorial Cup Championships and two WHL Championships.

Do you own a small business in the Spokane area?  Would you like to?  Click on these helpful resources:

Spokane Business & Development

Apply for a Business License in Spokane

Greater Spokane Incorporated (Spokane Chamber of Commerce)

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Signs for Success, Inc.
6824 N. Market St.
Spokane, WA 99217