If Seattle is the straight-A prom king quarterback of the Foosball team at Washington State High, then Spokane is the little brother who resents the comparison. It's also the smallest city to ever hold a World's Fair, and not because it had something to prove or anything. But if you're thinking about marrying Seattle, just know that he'll never be faithful to you the way that Spokane would be.
Much like the first post of this thread explored the 1962 World's Fair via Seattle Center, this post will explore Expo '74 through Spokane's Riverfront Park.
Riverfront Spokane is located along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, a city famous for creatively naming things, such as Bing Crosby.
What drew us here in particular is this SkyRide. While I'm sure it originally loaded and unloaded in a continuous fashion, it now has its cars grouped relatively tightly into "trains" of three, which stop to load and unload. This results in a rather strange skyride experience as you alternate between moving a couple of hundred feet and stopping for a minute or two, throughout the entire length of the ride.
On the other hand, it offers lots of steady photo opportunities and a fairly lengthy ride, so that's...fine?
Heading away from the station. Note the roller skating rink/course on the right that becomes an ice skating rink/course during the winter.
But where are we going? Not up a hill, but down one and across a river, then under a bridge to a turnaround, and back up. Just one station on this skyride, but a lovely view.
I was promised a skyride that went in front of a waterfall, and while that's not technically inaccurate, it's not quite as grand as the picture I had in my mind. Still, it's weird and awesome and unique, and that's my jam, so put me down as satisfied all the same.
Of course, you can also explore the park and the river on foot. There are also a number of pedestrian bridges--which, again, I am for.
Proof that we actually went here.
This is what normal people do, right? They take their own photos in front of impressive scenery?
"Hey, down in front, you two. I wanna see what those rocks look like!"
Don't be a pussy. Maybe there's free candy down there.
Ever seen a clocktower before? Oh yeah, well, have you ever been inside one? I sure hope so, because you can't go in this one.
Inside the Pavilion. During the World's Fair, this was used for stuff.
Inside this building is the Looff carousel that used to be at Natatorium Park, Spokane's lost amusement park.
Reach for the brass ring!
Well, these are actually plastic, of course. But still! And instead of a clown's mouth, you have to throw it into a bucket that's being held by a goat.
Wait, does that say, "Garbage Goat"?
Life's a never ending wheel.
No one's gonna get that.
If you get that, let me know in some subtle way. Like, with a photo of a dragon or something.
The gift shop.
Wait, what's the deal with the goat?
Here you go, Spokane's unofficial mascot, the Garbage Goat.
From RoadsideAmerica.com: "It was part of the anti-pollution message," said Karen Mobley, former director of the organization Spokane Arts. "Teach our children not to throw trash on the ground. Put it in a garbage can or give it to a goat."
(Psst. No one tell Spokane about Efteling.)
"I'm an artist. But I work with metal primarily for the boobs."
It's a slide. And it's cooler than anything in your hometown.
Look, I'm not above making provocative statements just to get replies.
The fourth Indiana Jones movie is better than the third one.
Hey, it's night now! Weird.
Is heaven missing an angel?
Because I found their harp.
There may be a follow up to this report about the parking garage in the background. I'm not kidding.
During the World's Fair, this mesh did not have lights on it.
I exist to educate.
Remember, kids, if you find a piece of trash on the ground, feed it to a goat.
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