A LARGE SCALE EARLY VIEW OF SPOKANE

 

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AUTHOR:

GRAHAM & CO., JOHN W.

TITLE:

Spokane, Washington

CONDITION:

Lithograph, printed in five colors, 39” x 60”. Linen-backed and mounted on rollers. Some old repairs, mostly confined to margins. Varnished. Overall a very good, fresh, example of a very rare view.

DATE:

Spokane, 1905

DESCRIPTION:

Reps locates only one copy of this very rare, beautifully colored and detailed view of Spokane. The great rarity is probably due in part to the view’s great size, which increased its fragility and decreased its chances to survive.

This aerial view shows the city looking northeast. Spokane was founded in 1871 at the Falls of the Spokane River. After the arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1881 and the Great Northern in 1892 the city became a railroad hub and experienced rapid growth. The population grew from 37,000 in 1900 to 104,000 in 1910. Downtown Spokane is shown as it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889. Havermale Island, now the site of Riverfront Park, is crowded with mills and warehouses, and the terminal of the Great Northern Railroad.

A key in the lower margin identifies by number seventy-four public buildings, banks, hotels, factories, mills, theatres, breweries, laundries, lumberyards, iron works, powerhouses, parks, a fair ground and the campus of Gonzaga College. A vignette at upper left shows Fort Wright (Fort George Wright) the present site of Spokane Falls Community College.

REFERENCES:

Reps, Urban Views and Viewmakers, 4185 (locating only the copy at the Library of Congress).

Inventory No. 8564

Cohen & Taliaferro

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