As a mining, agriculture, and forestry hub, beginning in the late 19th century, Spokane has played an important role in shaping the Pacific Northwest, despite being overshadowed by other cities in the region like Seattle and Portland. But I found that the city offers so much colorful history and character via its downtown and three of its residential neighborhoods. In this first part, I’ll share with you what I found exploring the vibrant downtown, where history comes alive at the turn of many corners.