100 years ago in Spokane: Work was just beginning on the iconic Washington Water Power plant

More than 100 men were hard at work on The Washington Water Power Co.’s new power plant on the Spokane River, just west of Howard Street.

Excavation had begun and “rock is being removed from the course of the steel penstock that is to carry the water from the dam at the Phoenix Mill to the power station.”

“The power plant will be to the south of the site occupied by the city’s original pumping plant until it was removed upriver 26 years ago,” The Spokesman-Review wrote.

A coffer dam near Howard Street would shut off the flow of that part of the river during construction.

The paper described

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