I'm usually a stickler for my Wednesday Vignette posts being a single vignette, so I'm cheating big time by sharing more than one image. I didn't want to stretch the visit out longer than necessary - so just think of this as multiple vignettes in one blog post!
While staring at the water (above) I noticed movement off to the side. Two deer came down to the grassy area and found something to feed on. There must be just enough of a natural "cushion" along the river to allow them to come and go as they please without walking on the city streets.
Like Portland, there are several bridges that connect the two sides of Spokane. Above we saw the Post Street bridge, below the Monroe Street bridge: "built in 1911 by the city of Spokane [it] was designed by John Chester Ralston with ornamentation provided by the firm of Kirtland Kelsey Cutter and Karl Malmgren. At the time of completion it was the largest concrete-arch bridge in the United States and the third longest in the world." (source)
And the Spokane County Courthouse. When I was a kid my parents led me to believe it was Mother Goose's castle.
1974 World's Fair. This was the first "EXPO" with an environmental theme and Spokane was the smallest city to date to host a World's Fair. As a kid the event was huge, a big party for the world right in my own backyard. Below you can see the IMAX theater building and the framework for the former U.S. Pavilion. At the time of the fair there was a canvas cover on the pavilion, now it's open to the sky and underneath is a ice skating rink that's great fun in the wintertime.
There was a little snow left from an earlier storm. Since I was woefully unprepared (still wearing my canvas slip-ons) I was thankful it was clear and dry while we were there.
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