geographical name \spō-ˈkan\

Definition of SPOKANE

river 120 miles (193 kilometers) N Idaho & E Washington flowing from Coeur d'Alene Lake W into Columbia River
city E Washington at Spokane Falls in Spokane River pop 208,916


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000: 195,629), eastern Washington, U.S. Situated at the falls of the Spokane River, the city was settled on the site of a trading post established in 1810. It was incorporated in 1881 after the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway. A fire in 1889 destroyed much of the city, but it soon was rebuilt and developed into a trade and shipping hub for the surrounding region. Completion of the Grand Coulee Dam Project (1941) assured industrial growth. Spokane is home to Gonzaga University (1887) and is a gateway to the resorts of Mount Spokane and several national forests.


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