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Wintery adventures and disasters featured in Spokane Library display

In 1910, a destroyed train and other debris from an avalanche rocked the railroad town of Wellington, Wash., the scene of the worst avalanche disaster in U.S. history, when two passenger trains were swept away and nearly 100 people were killed.  (File Associated Press)
In 1910, a destroyed train and other debris from an avalanche rocked the railroad town of Wellington, Wash., the scene of the worst avalanche disaster in U.S. history, when two passenger trains were swept away and nearly 100 people were killed. (File Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS -- The Spokane Downtown Library's Northwest Room is featuring a timely display celebrating winter in the Northwest, including a lot of snowy outdoor recreation.

Winter weather conditions have long created both challenges and opportunities for Northwest residents. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw greater hazards than the present, with less than ideal equipment and poor roads.

Winter recreation then and now included skiing, sledding, ice skating, hockey, snowshoeing, hunting, and outdoor work.

This exhibit combines photos of fun in the snow with disasters such as avalanches on railroad tracks. Come and see these images from winters past--you might be surprised at how familiar they look.

The Northwest Room is on the second floor of the Downtown Library.

WHEN: January 11-March 31

TIME: Northwest Room Hours

LOCATION: Downtown

Call 444-5338.




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