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Old West Valley High School

On a winter day that seems more like a spring chinook, here's a snowy look back at the old West Valley High School that was built at Trent and Argonne in 1924. An Albertons store is on the site now and a new high school was built at Vista and Buckeye in the 1960's. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Looking back

Now that spring has officially arrived and crocuses are valiantly blooming, it's time to think about planting and growing. Farms were once the core of the Spokane Valley area. This photo takes a look back at Bert and Ruth Porter’s Veradale Farm circa 1940. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

The law in Spokane Valley

A search through the archives has turned up this historical photo of Patrolman Murphy of the Washington State Patrol circa the 1940s. It's interesting to see how much the uniforms have changed over the years (not to mention the cars). This photo was taken between 60 and  70 years ago, but there are probably people out there who might have known Patrolman Murphy. Anyone have memories to share? Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

The old Morrison Ranch

Cattle don’t graze in large numbers on the Saltese flats anymore, but the current Morrison family home is still perched up on the hill even as more and more of the flats are seeing a bumper crop of new development. Pictured here is the Morrison Ranch circa the 1920’s in the Saltese Flats area of the Valley. The photo was donated to the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum by Bud Morrison. Photo courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Musuem.

Old Highway 10

This sign welcomed drivers to Washington as they crossed Idaho-Washington state line on Highway 10 before Interstate 90 was constructed. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Think of warmer times

If you are tired of looking at snow and ice, take a look at the Corbin irrigation ditch, which was constructed in the early 1920s, east of Otis Orchards in the Spokane Valley. If you know a long-time Valley resident, ask them about how the kids used to use it as the world’s longest water slide. The photo is courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Snowy history

In honor of the white stuff currently on the ground, here’ s a look back at the Ski Mor, a ski resort built by the Schafer family in the Chester Hills area near the end of 44th Avenue in the Spokane Valley. The photo was taken in the mid 1930’s. The resort had two ski jumps and a toboggan run. The photo is courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

A look back

This Liberty Lake Dairy wagon  delivered milk to the Valley and Spokane. Photo circa 1910-1915. Courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has opened up their historical photo collection to us and we regularly print old photos in the Valley Voice. It’s kind of fun to take a look back at the way things used to be in Spokane Valley back in the days of fruit orchards and farmers. And if you’ve never stopped by the museum, it’s worth a look. They have some interesting exhibits. 

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