Spokane Valley

Title

Spokane Valley

Description

Originally populated by the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene tribes, the first white settler in the Spokane Valley was Antoine Plante, a former fur trader, who operated a ferry over the river beginning in about 1854. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, settlers arrived, establishing farms, orchards, and businesses. Irrigation vastly increated the productivity of the land with apples being the chief crop. Industries, such as the Inland Empire Paper Company in Millwood became large employers in the early 20th century. This collection of images of the Spokane Valley includes agriculture, homes, industries and people. Many of these photographs were donated by the Spokane Valley Pioneer Museum.

Items in the Spokane Valley Collection

Spokane Valley -- Churches (#03)
Otis Orchard Community Church, ca. 1911.

Spokane Valley -- Banks (#01)
Opportunity State Bank, probably taken in 1919.

Spokane Valley -- Baseball (#03)
Inland Empire Baseball Team taken in 1921.

Spokane Valley -- Grange Hall (#02)
"School building prior to 1910. Part of Orchard Park School District. One of the first buildings in Valley."

Spokane Valley -- Homes (#02)
"Moore home at Northwest corner of Pines and Valleyway. Nellie, Myrtle & Hazel Moore, children of E. D. and Cora Moore.

Spokane Valley -- Homes -- Bergman (#03)
Bergman home at 11204 E. Sprague. Home built by Charles B. Bergman, who owned the Siberian Arctic Fur Manufacturing Company of Spokane. The home was a showplace in the Valley with a sunken garden and extensive landscaping. It was demolished in…

Spokane Valley -- Homes -- Bergman (#02)
Bergman home at 11204 E. Sprague. Home built by Charles B. Bergman, who owned the Siberian Arctic Fur Manufacturing Company of Spokane. The home was a showplace in the Valley with a sunken garden and extensive landscaping. It was demolished in…

Spokane Valley -- Homes -- Foothills (#01)
The John Gust Johnson family outside their new house in the foothills, built in 1913.

Spokane Valley -- Horse Slaughter Site (#04)
"Col. Wright's horse slaughter camp on Spokane River. September 1858 - and 900 Indian horses were killed."

Spokane Valley -- Horse Slaughter Site (#03)
"Col. Wright's horse slaughter camp on Spokane River. September 1858 - and 900 Indian horses were killed."

Spokane Valley --  Industries (#04)
"Copy from Dean Banta Album. Frank Palmer photo. International Portland Cememt Plant."

Spokane Valley --  Industries (#05)
Office of the Inland Empire Paper Company.

Spokane Valley --  Industries (#06)
"Copy from Dean Banta Album. Frank Palmer photo. Inland Empire Paper Company, Millwood."

Spokane Valley --  Industries (#03)
"Office of the Inland Empire Paper Company on Spokane River, Millwood, WA."

Spokane Valley -- Irrigation (#04)
"T. F. Raymond Orchard and farm, Opportunity."

Spokane Valley -- Irrigation (#01)
"Looks like construction of the dam & reservoir at Chilco Falls to irrigate the Spokane Valley."

Spokane Valley -- Irrigation (#02)
"Looks like construction of the dam & reservoir at Chilco Falls to irrigate the Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley -- Irrigation (#03)
"Looks like construction of the dam & reservoir at Chilco Falls to irrigate the Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley --  Opportunity (#04)
"Opportunity about 200 yds. north of Sprague looking south. Power substation on left; store left center is on what is now Sprague & Pines."

Spokane Valley --  Opportunity (#01)
"Business community of Opportunity in 1908. Intersection in left center is corner of Sprague and Pines."

Spokane Valley --  Opportunity (#02)
"Early Spokane and Inland Empire electric train at Opportunity." Opportunity (Wash.)

Spokane Valley --  Opportunity (#03)
"Pines Road looking south from Modern Electric Water tank toward Broadway"

Spokane Valley -- Plante' s Ferry (#03)
"The Antoine Plante cabin - Spokane Valley - Pinecroft. Erected in the early 1850's. Meeting place of Gov. Stevens and Spokane Garry on December 3-6, 1855. Then it was decided the Spokanes should remain at peace with the whites. Home of the first…

Spokane Valley -- Plante' s Ferry (#02)
"From material given to library by Mr. J. Heaton, Spokane."

Spokane Valley -- Service Stations (#03)
"Doc's Snappy Service, a Chevron service station at 9216 E. Sprague, Dishman, 1930-1948. Owned by Harold Klobucher."

Spokane Valley -- Service Stations (#02)
Harold C. Dockendorf and Charles (Sparky) Burton at Doc's Snappy Service Station, Dishman.

Spokane Valley -- Stores (#04)
"The H. E. Hand store and post office on Trent about 300 ft. west of what is now Cement St. The building was erected in the early 1900s."

Spokane Valley -- Stores (#02)
"Otis Mercantile sign being erected on store built for Mr. Halloran in Otis Orchards. George Pringle and Rube Gebbers at work."

Spokane Valley -- Views (#03)
"Looking east. Spokane Valley, Rocky Mts. in distance, Spokane Wash."

Spokane Valley -- Veradale (#01)
Aerial view of Veradale, September 15, 1933. "Air View, Looking Northeast."

Spokane Valley -- Veradale (#02)
Aerial view of Veradale, September 15, 1933. "Air view north of Vera looking southwest."

Spokane Valley -- Views (#02)
"Looking North across the valley toward Mt. Spokane."