We’re asking readers for their favorite memories of Expo ’74 for a special section to run May 4. Here’s a sampling of some that were shared on Facebook. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Cochrane Israel
The pavilion while it still had its cover! Too bad they didn’t refurbish the train station instead of tearing it down leaving only the clock tower.
I fondly remember the goat, the “Man Belongs To The Earth” movie, and the Sermons From Science exhibit with the incredible live demonstrations!
That massive locomotive on display north of the river.
Seeing my first microwave in the house of tomorrow, under the U.S. Pavilion
The BIG beautiful bright butterflies … those were our meeting places, so we could go and do what we wanted we just had to meet at a butterfly when our parents told us too. And of course everyone liked and still likes the garbage eating goat … I wish I had one on my road, people litter so much now!
Rodney A. Aho
The ferris wheel with the twirlable seats. Scared my wife out of her wits by spinning us around. White knuckles! (Sick, I know.)
The memory that keeps coming to me is how it transformed Spokane into a vibrant, caring, and renewed Spokane. Everyone was happy and caring very much about our community and we need much more of that spirit now. We have the homeless and the hungry and unemployed among us and we truly need to care about them.
I volunteered as a clown at the Whitworth College tent. I remember eating abelskivers every day at the food court after my stint.
I liked the food court. In 1974 I was working at the Bon Marche and many of us ate lunch there every day.
I was the one-millionth person to enter the Chinese pavilion at Expo ’74. I was 12 and when the lights and alarms went off, I thought I had won the lottery. All I got was a poster. I was 12. And very disappointed!