20th Street Entrance

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The main entrance to Manito Park is now at 18th and Grand, but in earlier years the entrance was at 20th and Grand. While today the area is green with grass and shaded by a few trees, in the first years of the twentieth century the "See Spokane Shine" archway made of hedge and flowers greeted visitors.

Go stand at the corner of 20th and Grand, look into the park, and imagine what it would have looked like then. There would be a graveled walk, a couple of street lights, and you would see the Balzer's house in the distance. There would be landscaping with flowers and you may even see a few people sprinkled along the sides of the path eating their picnic lunches.

Images

Postcard - Entrance to Manito Park Spokane, Wash. Circa 1905

Postcard - Entrance to Manito Park Spokane, Wash. Circa 1905

Image from the Ray Fisher Postcard Collection, Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Concert at Manito circa 1907

Concert at Manito circa 1907

Image from the glass plate negatives part of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, accessed courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Postcard - Manito Park, Spokane, Wash. circa 1905

Postcard - Manito Park, Spokane, Wash. circa 1905

Image from the Ray Fisher Postcard Collection, Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Video

20th Street Entrance

Images from the Tony and Suzanne Bamonte collection, Spokane, Wa, the Postcard Collection at the Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane WA, the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, City Hall, Spokane, WA, and from the See Spokane Shine brochure, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Tracy L. Rebstock, “20th Street Entrance,” Spokane Historical, accessed June 23, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/115.
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