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100 years ago in Spokane: 236 cars in nighttime parade celebrate second auto show at Davenport Hotel

A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle,” to celebrate the second annual auto show at the Davenport Hotel, The Spokesman-Review report on May 11, 1916. (The Spokesman-Review)
A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle,” to celebrate the second annual auto show at the Davenport Hotel, The Spokesman-Review report on May 11, 1916. (The Spokesman-Review)

From our archives, 100 years ago

A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle.”

It was the Illuminated Auto Parade, to celebrate the opening of the second annual auto show at the Davenport Hotel.

The parade had four divisions: Pleasure Cars, Trucks, Old Cars and Freaks. The exact nature of the “Freak” division was not adequately explained, but it had only seven entries, compared to 126 pleasure cars and 97 trucks.

“The machines were heard long before seen, with their ever-sounding Klaxons and horns,” said the paper.

First prize in the Pleasure Car division was won by Thaddeus S. Lane, in his big white Packard.

“The car was a mass of white flowers, with a large white canopy top on which four upright Chinese lanterns were set at the corners,” said the paper. “Lanterns were strung along the edge of the top. The back of the tonneau was packed with flowers, and flowers were entwined about the wheels.”

From the athletic beat: The Auditorium Theater, usually the site of major theatrical productions and classical music concerts, was advertising an unusual upcoming event: A wrestling match pitting Ivan Michailoff, “215 pounds, Russian Cossack,” versus Jack Taylor, “215 pounds, Spokane, Our Next Champion.”

Lest anyone think this might be a low-brow affair, the Auditorium assured that it would be a “a first-class athletic show in a first-class house for first-class people.”

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