Spokane River

Title

Spokane River

Description

The Spokane River flows from its origin at Lake Coeur d'Alene to meet the Columbia near the former site of Fort Spokane. Over the course of its human history, the approximately 110 miles of river have been used for trade, irrigation, drinking water, industry, power generation and recreation. The historical development of the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene region has been intimately tied to the river and its aquifer, as the clustering of urban and agricultural communities along its length testifies. A prominent feature is a series of waterfalls in the heart of the city of Spokane.

This sampling of black and white images chronicles the evolution of the river from the early years of photography in the Inland Northwest until the middle of the twentieth century. Images centered on the Upper and Lower Falls show the growth of the city during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and their variety of uses by humans. The changing human landscape contrasts with the size and grandeur of the waterfalls.

Additional photographs in this collection document notable natural locations along the river's length, especially the so-called "Bowl and Pitcher" basalt formation. Located several miles downstream from the falls, this feature has been a popular picnic and recreation destination since the 19th century.

Items in the Spokane River Collection

Bowl and Pitcher (#01)
Frank Palmer photograph of man standing next to the rock formation known as the Bowl and Pitcher.

Bowl and Pitcher (#30)
Aerial view of the Bowl and Pitcher.

Bowl and Pitcher (#36)
"Hell's Gate"

Bowl and Pitcher (#38)
Frank Palmer photograph of the bowl and pitcher.

Bowl and Pitcher (#41)
Bridge at Riverside State Park.

Bowl and Pitcher (#44)
Bowl and Pitcher as seen from observation station to the southwest of the rocks.

Bowl and Pitcher (#37)
Frank Palmer photographic of the Bowl and Pitcher on the Spokane River.

Bowl and Pitcher (#06)
Looking downstream through gorge.

Bowl and Pitcher (#11)
Looking at the Spokane River at the Bowl and Pitcher.

Bowl and Pitcher (#12)
Rapids at entrance to the gorge.

Bowl and Pitcher (#14)
"Pitcher" rock from the southeast.

Bowl and Pitcher (#02)
Group standing on the rock formation known as the Bowl and Pitcher on the Spokane River.

Bowl and Pitcher (#24)
Group of rocks above the "Pitcher," including hollowed rock known as the "Bowl."

Bowl and Pitcher (#29)
Bowl and Pitcher.

Bowl and Pitcher (#03)
The "Pitcher" Rock as seen from the west bank.

Bowl and Pitcher (#21)
Three quarter view of "Pitcher" rock from Southwest.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #11)
Taken for pre Expo publicity.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #13)
Railroad bridge over the Spokane River.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #14)
Spokane River Narrows

Spokane River (Folder 1, #15)
Rocks on the Spokane River.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #16)
Overhanging rocks on Spokane River

Spokane River (Folder 1, #23)
Overhanging rocks on on Spokane River

Spokane River (Folder 1, #02)
Building on far right is Echo Flour Mill

Spokane River (Folder 1, #24)
Undated picture of rock formations on the Spokane River.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #25)
Man walking on rocks.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #28)
Early view of the River and Falls.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #04)
At the bend about 2 miles above the 9 Mile Falls power plant

Spokane River (Folder 1, #07)
Junction of Spokane River and Little Spokane

Spokane River (Folder 1, #08)
Confluence of the Spokane with the Little Spokane.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #09)
View of the Spokane River during Expo construction.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #03)
Site of power plant at Long Lake generating station

Spokane River (Folder 1,  #31)
Log boom being held in the recieving waters just above the narrows.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #34)
Narrows on Spokane River near Long Lake.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #35)
Looking upriver above the Nine Mile Falls power plant.

Spokane River (Folder 1, #32)
The river as viewed below Nine Mile Falls power plant.

Spokane River (Folder 1,  #37)
Junction of the Little Spokane with the Spokane River as seen from hills to north.

Spokane River (Folder 1,  #40)
Undated view of the Spokane River.

Spokane River -- Early Views (#11)
Spokane River in the winter.