Home to Gonzaga University, East Central Spokane is where you’ll see and experience the immense community pride in both past and present.
Founded in 1887, Gonzaga University is one of Spokane’s most well-known landmarks. A place of learning for students from all over the world, the university is also home to the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball Team – one of the nation’s elite college teams. And while basketball may be what the school is best known for today, the university boasts a campus of unrivaled beauty. Tucked away on the banks of the Spokane River gorge, Gonzaga pairs new, modern buildings with the century old St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
East Central Spokane was also the home of famed entertainer Bing Crosby. The childhood home his father built in 1913 now sits on Gonzaga University's campus and houses the Bing Crosby Museum. Walk through it and see treasures from Crosby's Spokane upbringing and mementos from his long singing and acting career.
North of Gonzaga is the Hillyard Neighborhood – Spokane’s only neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hillyard grew around the rail yards in the late 1800s and was annexed into Spokane in 1924. A community that values preservation, much of the Hillyard neighborhood is architecturally intact and looks much as it did 100 years ago and it’s abundantly clear that the Hillyard community takes pride in its historical roots. You can be a part of the celebration every year at the Hillyard Festival – it’s been taking place the first weekend of August since 1911.
East Central Spokane captures both the city’s timeless heritage and its 21st Century spirit.