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The years just prior to Expo '74 had to be thrilling times for downtown leaders. Urban renewal was reaching the end of its life, but was about to play out in Spokane in a big way. Spokane's big event was just around the corner and before ground could be broken and the river reclaimed there was much work to do. In fact, literally tons of material from elevated rail lines that for years had smothered the future park needed to be torn down. Unfortunately, with them came down one of Spokane's most remarkable structures - Union Station.
Before the carousel, the big red wagon, or the new Rotary fountain, Union Station towered over Spokane Falls Boulevard. Looking at the photo we were suprised by just how massive a structure it was. Over it's nearly sixty years in service from 1914 to around 1972, it was likely the gateway for thousands of people leaving and returning to Spokane.
<p><p><p><p>Union Station - Spokane, WA</p></p></p></
NOTE: For your reference, the images above were taken from the corner of Spokane Falls Boulevard and Howard Street looking to the northeast.