First off, most visitors drive past Fairchild Air Force Base (http://www.fairchild.af.mil/). Fairchild AFB, which lies about 12 miles outside of Spokane, was built in 1942 when panic swept the West coast of the US after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The 1942 Rose Bowl was played in North Carolina instead of Pasadena that year.
Washington state is packed with US military installations such as the JBLM near Tacoma that I have blogged about previously (http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.com/2014/08/fort-lewis-museum.html). Bremerton is home to a significant US Naval base and Whidbey Island has a naval air station. Much of this defense spending in Washington state is attributable to the legacy of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson who served for many years on the defense committee and steered pork to Washington state.
|Ensign John Monaghan|
|Death of Monaghan|
America Invades, Kelly / Laycock, 2014, www.amzn.com/1940598427
|The Great Emancipator|
|Lincoln's condolence letter|
|"Right makes Might"|
Havermale Island in the middle of the Spokane river and near downtown was one of the first settlements of European settlers in the inland Empire. According to the 1958 plaque, this small island formed a pioneer stronghold in a sea of Indian country. On a bridge across the river a visitor will find this plaque...
|Havermale Island Plaque|
|Weary Vietnam Vet|
|Vietnam Veteran Memorial|