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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A plan was in the works to organize a new open-air public market underneath the railroad tracks on Trent Avenue (present-day Spokane Falls Boulevard) between Lincoln and Stevens streets.

“The constant growth of garden and fruit products” in the region necessitated a “market more centrally located and equipped along broader lines,” said the market’s boosters.

They needed to get permission from the railroad, which was elevating its lines along Trent.

The proposed market would be an “ideal” location in terms of traffic, they said.

From the college beat: A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered to kick off a fundraising campaign to bring Whitworth College to Spokane. The college had already made the decision to move from Tacoma to north Spokane.

However, the deal required Spokane to raise $100,000 to help pay for the move. Spokane’s business and educational community was firmly behind the plan.

“Bringing Whitworth to Spokane is the beginning of making Spokane an educational center,” said the presiding committee member.

“The citizenship of a Christian college will be the greatest dividend which could be dedicated for Spokane,” said another booster.

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