Glover Field

Description

The city of Spokane purchased land in Peaceful Valley to build an athletic stadium in 1912. The Stadium boasted a six-lane running track and bleachers that could hold 10,000 spectators. The Stadium was used by local high schools for track meets and football games. It was also housed fairs, shows and carnivals.

On October 31, 1917 the field was renamed and dedicated to James N. Glover, a founding father of the city of Spokane. A granite monument was dedicated that day and still stands in front of the Community Center.

In 1925 the bleachers were condemned. In 1937 the bleachers were dismantled because they had fallen into disrepair. The high schools purchased their own stadiums and no longer had use for Glover Field.

Today the field is mainly used by the Community Center for outdoor activities.

Audio Show

Glover Field narration.

Recorded by Danielle Mujica.

Monument narrative.

Read by Danielle Mujica.

Northwest Indian Congress Narrative

Photos Show

Sitting In Front of a Tipi

Among the tipis at Glover Field during the 1925 Northwest Indian Congress.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room

Early Postcard of Glover Field

Prior to its dedication as Glover Field, the Municipal Stadium hosted events on the Spokane River.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room, Postcard Collection

Events at Glover Field

Packed bleachers on the Spokane River.

Dances at Glover Field

During the Northwest Indian Congress of 1925.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room

Dressing Outside Tipi

Putting on regalia at Glover Field during the Northwest Indian Congress of 1925.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room

Tipis at Northwest Indian Congress, 1925

Tipis form a circle at Glover Field during the 1925 Northwest Indian Congress.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room

Northwest Indian Congress, 1925

The Northwest Indian Congress was held in Spokane and used Glover Field for many events.

Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room

Glover Field is Dedicated

Photograph of the new monument and dedication of Glover Field in 1917.

James Glover Monument

Two views of the monument, showing its face and rear.

"Monument Stirs Debate"

Spokane debated moving the Glover Field monument to the grounds of Expo 74. However, due to its resemblance to a gravestone, the stone remained in place.

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, November 19, 1973.

Cite this Page

Danielle Mujica, “Glover Field,” Spokane Historical, accessed October 22, 2014, http:/​/​spokanehistorical.​org/​items/​show/​46.​
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