20 Interesting Facts About Spokane

Facts About Spokane

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Facts About Spokane

  1. The city’s nickname is the Lilac City and each year the Lilac Festival celebrates the coming of Spring
  2. The city’s first inhabitants were Native Americans from the Spokane Tribe, whose name means “Children of the Sun.”
  3. The first Father’s Day celebration took place in Spokane on June 19th 1910.
  4. Spokane is twinned with the following sister cities: Nishinomiya, Japan; Jecheon, South Korea; Jilin City, China; Limerick, Republic of Ireland; San Luis Potosí City, Mexico & Cagli, Italy
  5. The Spokane Falls, in the centre of the city, is one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States.
  6. Spokane is located on the Spokane River in eastern Washington at an elevation of 1,843 feet above sea level.
  7. The lowest elevation in the city of Spokane is the northernmost point of the Spokane River within city limits at 1,608 feet; the highest elevation is on the northeast side, near the community of Hillyard at 2,591 feet.
  8. Spokane holds the world’s largest timed footrace, Lilac Bloomsday Run
  9. Spokane is the smallest city to host a World’s Fair.
  10. The city has a total area of 60.02 square miles, of which 59.25 square miles is land and 0.77 square miles is water.
  11. Spokane is the largest city and county seat of Spokane County, Washington, United States.
  12. In the last twenty years, more than two dozen movies have been filmed in or around this city. Spokane was used to shoot some famous movies such as, “The Postman”, “Dante’s Peak”, “Toys”, and more recently “End Game”.
  13. The city was founded as Spokane Falls in 1872.
  14. Spokane has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Dsb under the Köppen classification), The record high and low are 112 °F and −30 °F, but temperatures of more than 100 °F or less than −5 °F are rare.
  15. Spokane is known as the birthplace of Father’s Day, and locally by the nickname of “Lilac City”
  16. Spokane is the 73rd-largest television market in the U.S., accounting for 0.366% of the total TV households in the U.S. The city has six television stations, representing the major commercial networks and public television.
  17. officially, Spokane goes by the nickname of Hooptown USA, due to Spokane annually hosting Spokane Hoopfest, the world’s largest basketball tournament.
  18. This city is home to the largest urban waterfall in the United States. The waterfall Spokane Falls is located in the centre of the city itself.
  19. The city of Spokane was founded as Spokane Falls originally. It was voted one of 10 ‘All American cities’ not once but twice.
  20. A mere ninety miles west of the city is one of the largest concrete structures in the world. The Grand Coulee Dam likes only fifty-seven feet being one mile in length.


Facts About Spokane
Interesting Facts About Spokane
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