Spokane Public Market

Ghost Signs of Spokane Tour

Recognizing the success of Seattle's public marketplace, early Spokane residents eagerly sought to replicate it. In August of 1908, after many politically disputes, Spokane's first public market opened and was a huge success to the delight of many Spokanites. Early proponents of public markets were motivated by cost savings, where today, Spokane has seen a reemergence of public markets in reaction to food industrialization, nutrition, knowing food origins, and promoting local business. Venues located at Greenbluff, South Perry, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and Main Market are all contemporary examples illustrating the explosion of public markets within the region.