The U.S. Pavilion and the Washington State Pavilion are often heralded as the two landmark buildings preserved after Expo ’74 shut down almost 50 years ago. Less heralded was a modest wooden shelter that began as the American Forest Pavilion.
Long before the south side of Gonzaga University’s campus became home of the McCarthey Athletic Center, a soccer field, the law school building and baseball field complex, it was the site of McGoldrick Lumber for more than 40 years in the first half of the 20th century.
Edward Herbert Jamieson was a Spokane businessman who survived the massive fire of 1889. He was an attorney who settled in Spokane in 1882. He founded Spokane Abstract Co. and built a two-story brick building on the southwest corner of Riverside and Wall.
George Keith March was born in Litchfield, Minnesota, around 1868 and was raised in Pierre, South Dakota, where he started in the grocery business and the cattle business. In 1900 he moved to Winnipeg, Canada, and in 1912, he moved to Spokane. He became a partner in the March-Strickle car dealership and was on the board of the Old National Bank.
The stately Washington Water Power building, perched prominently above the Spokane River's waterfalls, was built in 1909 and put into service in 1910. It's still serving the city's utility company, housing a substation that distributes the power from the two hydroelectric dams downtown.
The pair of pedestrian suspension bridges in Riverfront Park were some of the more fun landscape features of the world's fair in 1975. Recently, deterioration has closed access to bridges, but one has reopened and the city parks department is focused on repairing them.