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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Spokane River Shacktown

A population of transient workers and pensioners swelled to more than 100 residents after World War II, but the city’s boosters dismantled it shortly thereafter.

Then and Now photos: Banks by bridge once ‘Shacktown’

For several decades, a collection of shacks lined the Spokane River downstream from the Monroe Street Bridge, beneath the trains that rattled along the rim of the gorge. The squatters, all men, came and went, each selling his shack for a few dollars when he moved on.