Fair Thee WellWestward Ho, Day 24: Spokane, WA, to Ellensburg, WA
After spending last night in the suburbs, we started today with a visit to downtown Spokane (pop. 210,103). A city which has experienced its ups and downs, Spokane first vaulted onto the national—and international—stage when it hosted the world's fair in 1974. Expo '74 is credited with the transformation of Spokane's downtown from a railroad-centered industrial core to a modern urban center with retail, recreational and residential appeal.
|Great Northern clock tower, Riverfront Park|
|The Joy of Running Together|
|Is it a courthouse or is it a castle?|
From Spokane, we headed west on I-90 yet again, stopping occasionally to seek a letterbox. We made a pilgrimage to the little town of George (pop. 528), thinking it might hold appeal as a good letterbox location. Established in the 1950s, George was built as a planned town to support local agricultural businesses in the area. The founder thought that naming the town George, Washington, would not only serve as a tribute to our first president but would offer the hamlet an allure to potential residents and businesses. There's no indication that this has happened yet. "If you build it, they will come" apparently only applies to movies and dreams. George didn't even offer a good hiding place for a letterbox.
|The uninhabited main street of George, Washington|
- Miles driven: 213
- Letterboxes: F 2, P 0
- Weather: 32° to 38°, cloudy, rain, fog
- States: 1 (WA)
- Distance we could see in fog: 30 ft.
- Towns bearing the identical name of U.S. Presidents (first and last): 1
More Photos from Today
|Seen at a farm with sheep. We suspect the sheep posted the sign.|