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Photo: Holding back a few drops

Nature’s essence: Raindrops cling to the needles of this ponderosa pine in Post Falls on Tuesday. More rain is expected through Sunday. (Kathy Plonka)
Nature’s essence: Raindrops cling to the needles of this ponderosa pine in Post Falls on Tuesday. More rain is expected through Sunday. (Kathy Plonka)

 

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Before the falls: Spokane and the history of river cities

The falls are beautiful, they’re powerful and they’re the reason for the city. Spokane is one of a small number of American cities that have falling water in their hearts, and it’s no accident. The reasons for a city are many, but chief among them is water – for drinking, for transportation, for industry and, most recently, for beauty.