Spokane's History

Spokane has more than 2,000 buildings listed on local and/or national registers of historic places.  Examples of such places include - 

Steam Plant Square
Fox Theater
Davenport Hotel

The Campbell House at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is a preserved 1910 mansion.  For guided tours call (509) 456-3931.     

  • More than half of the buildings in downtown Spokane are on the Historic Register. 
What You Can Do
  • Research the history of your house.   Use resources at the Spokane Public Library Northwest Room, 906 W. Main Avenue, Spokane.  (509)  444-5338     http://www.spokanelibrary.org

  • Learn about Spokane’s history.  Read the heritage walking-tour brochure which shows nearly 60 historic sites, buildings and districts in the downtown area.  Contact Visit Spokane http://www.visitspokane.com/ for a pdf copy of the walk.  Take a self-guided tour of Spokane's historic places.  Discover the unique history, charm and diversity of downtown Spokane. 
  • Preserve local histories.  Help clean and care for any small, local cemeteries which have no groundskeeper.  Pull weeds, repair and preserve grave markers, fences and paths.    
  • Documenting cemetery records.  If you know of a small, rural cemetery (maybe a family cemetery) in Spokane County, determine if the information has already been recorded at http://www.interment.net/us/wa/spokane.htm.   If the information has not been recorded, carefully make a written record of all the information on the stones, and submit that to the same website.  This website is an excellent source for searching genealogical records. 
Local Organizations