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Millwood Trail – Planning and Design

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The S&IE Interurban Railroad   (The Historical Context)  1/12/2016

The location of the Millwood Trail has a long and interesting history, beginning in the early days of Spokane County when towns were fighting for railroad access.

From Tracy Rebstock, Spokane Historical, a project of Eastern Washington University:

Street car lines appeared in Spokane from about 1890 to the late 1920's. Interurban lines were popular to get people from one place to another within the city but soon rail lines were built to take Spokane residents to places outside the City. J.P. Graves and other businessmen in Spokane built the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene interurban line that went from Coeur d'Alene to the growing wheat towns in the Palouse through Spokane. Included on this line were destination spots like Hayden, Coeur d'Alene and Liberty Lakes.  (Tracy L. Rebstock, “Ben Burr Trail,” Spokane Historical).



Source: Historylink.org accessed Jan 12, 2016

The popularity of the automobile made the Interurban obsolete, and the right-of-way was eventually transferred by the railroad to Spokane County.  In the 1980's the County constructed the North Valley Sewer Interceptor on the right of way.

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