Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Spokane House Interpretive Center
Riverside State Park
Nine Miles Falls, WA
Discover Pass REQUIRED
Approximately 9.5 miles northwest of Spokane on Highway 291 (Nine Mile Road), one-half mile north of Charles Road (the Nine Mile Falls Dam bridge). Watch for the entrance in the woods on the left. Map
The Spokane House tour guides will make this tour through history fun and exciting! The Spokane House Interpretive Center tells the story of Spokane House , an historic fur trade era trading post fort, the earliest permanent non-Indian settlement in Washington State. It's also about the lives of the Spokane Indians who lived here and the first European people to meet them and live among them. The Spokane House post was home to several fur trappers and traders for many years, and it was a poignant symbol of cultural commerce, cooperation, and the changes coming to the region.
This personal guided tour organized by Exploring Families is the perfect prequel to visiting the Spokane House Encampment on June 14 and 15. The Living History Fur Trade Encampment features flint and steel firemaking, open-fire cooking, flintlock shooting and even a cannon salute. The annual Encampment will return the Spokane House Interpretive site to the 1810-1825 period when traders, voyageurs, trappers and Indians gathered to do business and celebrate. The free event features history buffs in period clothing demonstrating period skills.
Parking: A Discover Pass is REQUIRED to park at all WA state parks, including the Spokane House parking lot. You can purchase one from a park ranger in the parking lot right before the tour begins. They are $10 for the day or $30 for the year. The Discover Pass may be purchased:
- In person from any recreational license vendors where state fishing and hunting licenses are sold. (Ex: Fred Meyer)
- By phone (866) 320-9933
- When you renew your vehicle license
- At State Parks headquarters and region offices, and at state parks when staff is available, like at the Riverside State Park Ranger Office.
What to wear/bring: Part of the tour is outside so dress accordingly. There are picnic tables near the Spokane House so you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the tour.
Ages: All ages are welcome but the tour is designed for students in grades K-12. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.
For the guided tour: $4 per child, ages 5-17. Children 0-4 and adults are free.
A Discover Pass is REQUIRED. They are $10 for the day or $30 for the year.
Tour limit: 50 people