Spokane was ready when the United States entered World War I, then called the Great War, in 1917. For the three years previous to the war declaration, the U.S. was officially neutral on the war in Europe. But many Spokanites were strongly in favor of the war to the point that one word of sympathy for the Germans could start a fistfight on the streets. Thousands of young men enlisted in Spokane and around 200 died while serving in Europe. Here's a short video on Spokane's involvement in the Great War.
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