Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives, 75 years ago
The Spokane Chamber of Commerce tourist publicity chairman predicted that the 1936 tourist season would be the “greatest in history,” even running ahead of the 1929 pre-Depression peak.
Because the region contained the “world’s greatest present tourist magnet, the Grand Coulee Dam.” He predicted that “at least 500,000 people will view the dam this summer.”
Not bad, considering the dam wasn’t even close to finished in 1936.
Another reason: The roads of the region had been vastly improved through New Deal building projects. He said that Montana – the direction from which a lot of our tourists would arrive – was finally “out of the mud.” Montana was a national leader in new highway construction.
And the final reason: “People have passed through the depression. They are tired of worry and skimping. They want to enjoy themselves.”
From the bad-decision file: Two Pasco youths decided it would be an excellent idea to tow their ice-skating friends behind their car on the frozen Columbia River.
All narrowly escaped death when the car broke through the thin ice and sank.
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1763: Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years’ War.