Spokane Valley is a suburban town of 89,755 residents (2010 census), in Spokane County between Spokane and the Washington/Idaho edge.

Spokane Valley is a suburban town of 89,755 residents (2010 census), in Spokane County between Spokane and the Washington/Idaho edge.

It occupies the broad, gravelly valley associated with the Spokane River and was originally populated by the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene tribes. Antoine Plante (1812-1890), a previous fur trader, operated a ferry on the river starting in about 1854. Over the next few decades, settlers began to establish farms, orchards, and trading articles including the Dishman shop. Starting in 1895, irrigation vastly increased the productivity for the land. Oranges had been the crop that is chief about 1925, when truck farming took over. World War II brought a huge aluminum plant to Trentwood and a huge selection of jobs. Read more…