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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane Daily Chronicle was sponsoring the Spokane Slogan Contest to choose the best slogan to entice tourists to visit Spokane in 1915.

The contest specified no more than 12 words, preferably fewer than six.

Here are a few of the entries received the first day:

• Welcome, welcome, every clan; visit Sunny Old Spokane.

• From east to west, Spokane is best.

• See Spokane, then Frisco, 1915.

• A welcome we extend, to stop in Spokane.

• Change your plans; stop at Spokane.

• See Spokane first.

• Arrange your plans to see Spokane.

• Spokane has the glad hand.

• See Spokane, anyway.

We can only surmise that the contest committee, made up of chamber of commerce members, was hoping to find a slogan somewhat catchier than “See Spokane, anyway,” before the contest closed.

As it turned out, they eventually found one they deemed the winner: “Spokane: You’ll Miss It If You Miss It.” The chamber immediately ordered 50,000 envelopes with the slogan.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1981: Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.



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