Stories tagged: Expo ‘74
Sat., June 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
The great ice age floods that shaped the Inland Northwest also are shaping the new playground in the North Bank of Riverfront Park.
UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
A playground focused on accessibility for disabled children is set to be built near the upper Spokane Falls in Riverfront Park. Early project plans and designs were presented June 12 …
Wed., June 5, 2019, 4 a.m.
Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …
UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 3:37 p.m.
As Spokane transforms many of its Expo ’74 era icons, one council member believes it’s also time for a new flag.
Fri., April 19, 2019, 5 a.m.
For the first time in decades, a steel-framed butterfly towers above the north-bank entrance to Riverfront Park.
UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Careful planning and modern design were hallmarks of the Washington State Pavilion at Expo ’74 in Spokane. The facility included an auditorium for nearly 3,000 people, exhibit halls and a …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.
Even before the world’s fair, Expo ’74, closed down, the city of Spokane was embroiled in discussions of what to do with the 100-acre site. There was a strong movement …
Mon., Dec. 24, 2018
The first corporate exhibitor to sign on for Expo ’74 was Ford Motor Co. The commitment was made in January of 1973, just 17 months before the opening ceremonies in …
Mon., Nov. 12, 2018
Historian Robert Hyslop, in his book “Spokane Building Blocks,” explains why Spokane’s Union Station, shown under construction in 1913, was called a station and not a depot. There had already …
Mon., Oct. 29, 2018
Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on …
Mon., Oct. 8, 2018
The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.
Sun., April 1, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
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
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 …
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
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.
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 …
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
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. …
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017
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.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5 a.m.
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.
Mon., July 24, 2017
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 …
Sun., June 25, 2017
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.
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 …
Fri., June 9, 2017
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.
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 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.
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.
Thu., March 9, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
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.
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, …
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 6 p.m.
Two metal-and-fabric butterflies that marked the gates of Expo ’74 are going to be saved and moved to a new location.
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016
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 …