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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The editorial cartoon on the front page of The Spokesman-Review showed a graceful figure labeled “Spokane” being ushered into a glittering ballroom, with the caption, “Uncle Sam introduces Spokane to the 100,000 league.”

The city was bursting with pride over the final numbers from the 1910 census, which showed Spokane’s population had exploded to 104,402 in 1910 – up from 36,848 in 1900.

And Spokane was especially proud of pulling far ahead of rival Tacoma, as evidenced by the headline in the Spokane Daily Chronicle: “Spokane Wins Victory From Tacoma, Twenty-Year Race.”

Tacoma’s 1910 population was only 83,743, putting Spokane in undisputed second place among cities in the state. Spokane was also, as the Chronicle boasted, “sixth on the Pacific Coast.”

Spokane’s massive growth rate was fourth in the nation, allowing it to leapfrog past 55 other cities. This put Spokane in 48th place.

How does that compare to today? Spokane’s present population is estimated at 203,268, which ranks 104th. 2010 census results will not be released until early in 2011.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1906: President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.