Loop Drive and Bridge

Manito Park Tour - Story 5

Most of Manito Park is visible from the top of Loop Drive. Did you ever wonder where Spokane got the land for this park?

In 1884, Francis Cook, an early settler of Spokan Falls and a newspaper man who started the Spokan Times in 1879, platted the property on the South Hill thinking of the money to be made from the wooded and hilly area, perfect for fine residences. Cook was a man of many firsts: he brought the first Italian bees, used the first steam drill, and organized the first agricultural fair north of the Snake River. Cook purchased the forty acres where the Cathedral of St. John now stands and two years later purchased the 160 acres that included Manito park.

Francis Cook named this area Montrose Park for the wild roses that grew here. In 1888 the first horse-powered trolley came up Grand Blvd; a few months later Cook had a streetcar powered by steam bringing people up the South Hill with his Spokan Falls and Montrose Motor Railroad Company. They would get off at 14th street and walk the remaining distance to the park with their picnic baskets on sunny afternoons.

Unfortunately, Cook lost his house and land in the depression of 1893, and other parties quickly snapped it up. The new owners (Spokane Washington Improvement Company, Spokane and Montrose Motor Company, the Washington Water and Power Company, Hypotheek Bank, and E.P. Hogan) decided to give the ninety acres where Manito Park sits to the City of Spokane providing they run roads and water to the South Hill. The City dedicated Manito Park in 1904.

The loop bridge was built in 1930 and reflects the style of buildings on the property at that time.

Images

Loop Bridge

Loop Bridge

Image taken by Tracy L. Rebstock 2011 View File Details Page

Map of Land sold to the City of Spokane which included Manito Park

Map of Land sold to the City of Spokane which included Manito Park

Image courtesy of the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, Spokane, WA. | Source: Washington Water and Power Land Donation, Manito Park History, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, City Hall, 5th Floor, Spokane, WA View File Details Page

View from top of Loop Drive looking North at Pond

View from top of Loop Drive looking North at Pond

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

With Skis at Manito Park Bridge

With Skis at Manito Park Bridge

Image courtesy of the Tony and Suzanne Bamonte Collection View File Details Page

Audio

Loop Drive - Audio

Narration from text in the Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA and files at City Hall, Parks and Recreation Department, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Tracy L. Rebstock, “Loop Drive and Bridge,” Spokane Historical, accessed March 25, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/23.

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