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Spokane Valley History Tid-Bits
The very first burger franchise to open in the Spokane Valley was A & W Rootbeer. They opened a total of 6 locations in the 60’s and 70’s and that’s where you would find all the local teenagers on a Friday night.
The township of Opportunity got its name from a woman named Laura Kelser. She entered her submission into a contest to pick a name for the town and she won! She received a $10 prize and in 1906 that was equivalent to $212!
The first settler to the Spokane Valley was a French-Indian man by the name of Antoine Plante. He built a cabin on the south side of the Spokane River and needing a way across, in 1855 he built a 40 foot barge secured by a cable to provide transportation across the river. This was replaced by a bridge in 1964.
In the Year 1968/69 an accumulation of snow created a memorable event. The snow just kept falling growing to a whopping 42″ on the ground before it melted down.
The final tid-bit of history I want to leave you with is the well loved Natatorium Park. The park began as the Ingersoll Park in 1887, changed to the Twickenham Addition in 1889, and finally became Natatorium Park in 1892. The park was famous for its large indoor swimming pool and trolley car that you could ride to get there. It finally closed for good in 1968 and all that is left there now is a manufactured home park.
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