Spokane is the second largest city in the State of Washington and the largest east of the Cascade Mountains. Spokane is home to a number of great lodging options, some awesome places to eat, and some fun things to do and see including shopping, Riverfront Park, Mt. Spokane, museums, and more.
It’s always fun to know some little known info about some of our local destinations. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy Five Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington.
Happy Father’s Day!
On June 19, 1910, at the YMCA in Spokane, a Father’s Day celebration was held. This was the first celebration of the event. It wouldn’t receive a presidential proclamation until Lyndon Johnson did so in 1966 and in 1972 became a national holiday when signed into law by Richard Nixon.
A Cow Town?
The first settlers in what is now Spokane were cattle ranchers S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing.
What’s It Mean?
In the local native language, “Spokane” means “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”.
Spokane’s Hoopfest, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, is the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1990 and is held on the streets of downtown Spokane.
A Narrow Interstate
The Spokane River Centennial Trail connects Spokane all the way to the Washington-Idaho border. It’s 37 miles in length and follows the Spokane River. At the border, the trail continues on for another 24 miles under the name of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.