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Historic Sites in Riverfront Park

area: Downtown Spokane
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    The Clock Tower is all that remains of the Great Northern Train Station which was demolished in the early 1970s in preparation for Expo ‘74. The train depot itself was completed in 1902 and was considered the finest depot west of Chicago. Countless passengers embarked and disembarked at the depot, which served famous passenger trains like the “Empire Builder.” The clock tower now stands as a city landmark in the heart of Riverfront Park, the centerpiece of the city.

    The EXPO ’74 Plaque commemorates Spokane's hosting of the 1974 world's fair. The idea for a world’s fair in Spokane came in the late 1960s, when 17 acres of railroad land along the Spokane River was acquired as part of a plan to remove railroads from the riverfront and downtown area of the city. Construction on Expo ’74 began in 1972 with the construction of the largest structure, the $11,500,000 U.S. Pavilion. Expo ‘74’s theme was the first to focus on the environment, and Spokane was the smallest city to host an international exposition.

    The Looff Carrousel was built in 1904-07 by Charles I.D. Looff of Rhode Island, who built Coney Island’s carrousel, as a wedding gift for his daughter, Emma. It was originally located in Natatorium Park, an amusement park on the bank of the Spokane River, until the park closed in 1968. The carrousel was restored and placed in its new home in Riverfront Park after the close of Expo ’74. A beautiful new building grand opened in 2018 to house the iconic carousel and provides private party/meeting rooms, a gift shop, and gorgeous river views. Take a spin and try to catch the brass ring for a free ride!

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    General Information
    • Distance from Airport: 7 miles
    • Distance from Downtown: Downtown
    • Prearranged Business Tours Available:
    Hours (Visit website to verify hours)
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary through the year and for each attraction.
    • Seasonal Dates: Summer Season approximately April 1st through Labor Day Weekend. Winter Season last week of October through last week of February.
    Payment Types Accepted
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    • Senior Discount: Yes
    • Military Discount: Yes
    • Restrooms Available: Yes
    • Max Group Size: 1000
    • Minimum Group Size: 10
    • Suggested Length of Visit: 1-4 Hours
    • Comments/Notes: Riverfront Park, the site of the 1974 World's Fair, boasts 100 acres of fun in the heart of downtown Spokane. The park features year round events and attractions including the historic 1909 Looff Carrousel, the SkyRide over Spokane Falls, and the Skate Ribbon (open for ice skating in winter and roller skating in the summer). Call or check website for shows and showtimes.
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    Meeting Rooms
    • Exhibits Space
    • Description Explore 100 acres of fun right in the heart of downtown Spokane. This city landmark features year-round attractions including a new interactive fountain along with a, summer picnic shelters Spokane Falls Skyride, a historic 1909 Looff Carrousel, Ice Ribbon, mini-golf, a restaurant and more family fun.
    • Exhibits 10
    • Total Sq. Ft. 100
    • Space Notes Brand new Looff Carrousel Options 3 Event Rooms All together (one big room) $500 Looff Patio $200 Total Charge $700
    • Number of Rooms 1
    Multiple open spaces
    • Width: 100
    Looff Carrousel; Party Room 1
    • Reception Capacity: 20
    Looff Carrousel; Party Room 2
    • Reception Capacity: 20
    Looff Carrousel; Party Room 3
    • Reception Capacity: 20
    Looff Carrousel; Party Rooms 1-3 Combined
    • Reception Capacity: 115