Glover Field

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.

Images

Sitting In Front of a Tipi

Sitting In Front of a Tipi

Among the tipis at Glover Field during the 1925 Northwest Indian Congress. Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room View File Details Page

Early Postcard of Glover Field

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 View File Details Page

Events at Glover Field

Events at Glover Field

Packed bleachers on the Spokane River. View File Details Page

Dances at Glover Field

Dances at Glover Field

During the Northwest Indian Congress of 1925. Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room View File Details Page

Dressing Outside Tipi

Dressing Outside Tipi

Putting on regalia at Glover Field during the Northwest Indian Congress of 1925. Source: Spokane Public Library, Northwest Room View File Details Page

Tipis at Northwest Indian Congress, 1925

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 View File Details Page

Northwest Indian Congress, 1925

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 View File Details Page

"Monument Stirs Debate"

"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. View File Details Page

Audio

Glover Field narration.

Recorded by Danielle Mujica. View File Details Page

Monument narrative.

Read by Danielle Mujica. View File Details Page

Northwest Indian Congress Narrative

View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Danielle Mujica, “Glover Field,” Spokane Historical, accessed July 6, 2015, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/46.
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