MTM: from yard to park

Riverfront Park, clock tower

The iconic clock tower is all that is left of the railroad depot that originally dominated this piece of land. Burlington Northern donated the land for Expo 74 and the result is a lovely park that anchors various events in downtown Spokane.

This is what it looked like before it became a park:


The former passenger depot, built in 1902

The former passenger depot, built in 1902


The old rail yards became the location of Expo ’74. Now known as Riverfront Park, the Spokane River flows past meadows used for outdoor concerts, the opera house, the convention center, sculptures, walking and biking paths, and an historic 1909 Looff Carousel.

Expo '74 Site in 2009
Above photo found at

DSCN2782  Riverfront Park, for web

This is a “recipe” that was used by another city just 12 years later, when Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted Expo ’86. Old rail yards and run-down property were turned into a beautiful showplace for the city to enjoy long after the Exposition left town.

**The photograph showing an Expo ’74 official program was found at
**All other photographs are my own, although obviously I took photos of old public images that were on display for all to see at Riverfront Park.  

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