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Design of signature art for revitalized Riverfront Park set for vote

The full Spokane Park Board will vote later this month on a design and location for “Step Well,” architect and artist J. Meejin Yoon’s sculpture for Riverfront Park. The MIT …


Shawn Vestal: Coincidence gave flight to Expo butterflies

In fall 1973, Eric Grohe was a young graphic artist working in New York City when he returned home for a visit to Seattle. “I ran into Brent Blake, literally …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

Riverfront Park Imax demolition ‘like a big dinosaur eating the building’

The giant, mechanical jaw of a yellow excavator went right for the “I” in “IMAX” Monday afternoon, marking the start of a slow death for the 40-year-old theater in Spokane’s …


Then and Now: U.S. Pavilion at Expo

Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot

After abandoning plans to build a climbing wall on a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street Bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and …


Shawn Vestal: Park butterflies may rise again

Kelli Johnson didn’t just attend Expo ’74 – she got the whole VIP treatment. A Greenacres fourth-grader at the time, Johnson had an uncle who was closely involved in preparations. …


Then and Now: Looff Carrousel

The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.


Then and Now: Railroad tracks on Havermale Island

One of the city’s biggest roadblocks for Expo ’74 was the tangle of steel rails that snaked across Havermale Island and along the shore of the river.


Then and now: Construction, redesign of Riverfront Park

In the early 1960s, business and city leaders believed that Spokane needed something to bring it out of its funk. The economy was stagnant. Railroads were still shipping, but passenger …


Riverfront Park redesign continues a legacy of balance

Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Spokane Park Board loses a member as U.S. Pavilion covering talks continue

Susan Traver has resigned from the volunteer citizen board overseeing Spokane’s park system, but Spokane Park Board President Chris Wright said she did not cite the ongoing debate about whether …


Decision on whether to cover U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park delayed a month

The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously Thursday to request more information on how much re-covering the structure would cost before instructing a design team to abandon the idea.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Park Board to vote Thursday on scrapping plan to re-cover Riverfront Park Pavilion

The team in charge of re-imagining the central feature of Expo ‘74 has proposed leaving a cover off the U.S. Pavilion as part of renovations occurring through Riverfront Park. Critics …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Former mayor David Rodgers remembered as the man who inspired Riverfront Park

Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers was remembered Saturday as a man with a fondness for his morning bowl of Wheaties, tennis and time with his family at his lake cabin.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

David Rodgers, mayor who ‘taught Spokane to dream big,’ dies at 93

Former Spokane Mayor David Rodgers, the father of modern Spokane who presided over the city during a time of economic expansion, died Tuesday at the age of 93.


Canada Island renamed in Salish for the Spokane Tribe

The name snxw meneɂ (sin-HOO-men-huh) means “salmon people” in the Salish tongue spoken by the tribe. The island had previously been known as Cannon, and Crystal, Island.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Riverfront Park construction schedule on track, despite snowy winter

Construction of a new home for the Looff Carrousel, the Howard Street bridge replacement and an ice ribbon skating facility are all on schedule despite a cold and snowy winter, …


Expo ’74-era butterflies to be saved in Riverfront Park

Two metal-and-fabric butterflies that marked the gates of Expo ’74 are going to be saved and moved to a new location.


Then and Now: Travelodge on Havermale Island

Havermale Island in downtown Spokane had been a mostly industrial area since white settlers arrived in the 1870s. Mills, laundries, warehouses and factories lined the sole street, Havermale Avenue, convenient …


Imax theater in Riverfront Park headed for demolition; fate of pavilion rides still in question

Spokane Park Board members agreed last week to move forward with a 2014 recommendation to demolish the aging IMAX theater on Riverfront Park’s Havermale Island as part of efforts to …


Spokane Tribe given chance to rename, reimagine Canada Island in Riverfront Park

The government of Canada has signed off on the renaming of the two-acre island that housed the country’s exhibit in the 1974 World’s Fair. The island has been known by …


Riverfront Park groundbreaking celebration finally arrives

A member of the Spokane Tribe sang a blessing and politicians spoke before a ceremonial groundbreaking on the $64.3 million project took place in the Gondola Meadow Friday afternoon. A …


Army Corps requires city of Spokane to preserve Expo ’74 history in Riverfront Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the Spokane parks department to increase preservation efforts for Expo ’74 sites in Riverfront Park


Fly fishing niche extends Valley painter’s audience around the globe

Imagine an artificial fly floating on the surface of a stream with ripples of light dancing around it. Capture the image on canvas, and then reach out to the people …


Pieces of Spokane’s prime

The Expo Guy never visited the world’s fair in Spokane. He hadn’t been born yet.


Pieces of Spokane’s prime

The Expo Guy never visited the world’s fair in Spokane. He hadn’t been born yet.


Fate of Expo ’74 sculpture murky as park is revamped

A dirt lot north of Riverfront Park holds the ruins of Expo ’74. The dismantled wings of one of the giant, welcoming butterfly sculptures from the World’s Fair lie near …


Loving the high life

For local business people and government officials, Expo ’74 was more than just the activities taking place at the fairgrounds in the city center. “There were lots of black-tie parties,” …


Making memories

We asked print and online readers for their Expo ’74 memories and photos, and reprint a selection here. View the photos at www.spokesman.com/ reader-photos/expo-74. Responses have been edited for length …


Fair aimed to entertain

“It has long been a tradition that the best performers on the international and national scenes appear at world fairs. Expo ’74 is no exception,” The Spokesman-Review reported in a …