On July 1, 1958 a crowd of four to five thousand people gathered for the dedication and opening ceremony of the Maple Street Bridge. The $6,000,000 bridge was open for motorists' use, for a toll at that time (the bridge became free on Friday, July 13, 1990). The bridge took more than two years to construct, and spans over Peaceful Valley and the Spokane River at a length of 1708 feet.
There were mixed feelings from the residents of Peaceful Valley regarding the construction and placement of the bridge. Some saw it as source of shade for the summer sun, others thought it was simply an eyesore. The bridge was constantly a source of problems for the residents of Peaceful Valley.
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Nikolai Cherny, “The Maple Street Bridge,” Spokane Historical, accessed June 26, 2016, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/93.
Source: Spokesman-Review and The Spokane Daily Chronicle available at the Northwest Room at the Spokane Public Library's Downtown Branch.