The countdown begins for Expo 74, the World's Fair in 1974 in Spokane, Washington.
This building and the Union Station were part of the Riverfront Park when they put it up
to a levy vote in 1971. It got 56 percent yes but it needed 60 percent to pass. Then Expo 74
plan shows up with the stations removed from the plan. What happened?
Being in advertising and a railfan nut I got involved with saving these structures. I got the Spokane Ad Club involved
as you can see on the poster. We had about 35 of these posters made for the effort to save them as the theme for
Expo 74 was "Recycling" and reuseing buildings seemed to fit that theory so off I went to"fight city hall".
We lost the vote by a 43 to 57 so down they came. The city did not play fair but what is new about that? They tore up
the marble floors and photgraphed the dirt lines in the concrete using the picture in a newspaper ad saying "Do you
really want to save this old thing?" Here a carne is tearing out the boiler from the building to the east of the station.
Down she comes. Santa Clause came to the Ad Club Christmas party that year and had a gift for me.
It was a brick from the Great Northern station and didn't everyone have a big laugh when
he gave it to me. I paused for a moment and said to the crowd " I wasn't so much concerned
with the bricks ....but how they were arranged!" I can still get angry over this destruction. Jerry Quinn