Minnehaha is a district in Spokane, WA, in the United States. It’s at the city’s northern outskirts. The Spokane River runs through the neighborhood on the south side, while the topography climbs to the northeast along the slopes of Beacon Hill, establishing a natural border between the two communities. It is mostly a residential area that shares a principal business district with the neighboring residential districts of Bemiss and Hillyard on Euclid Street. Minnehaha Park is in this neighborhood, and the Minnehaha Rocks, which are nearby, are just outside the neighborhood’s borders.
Long before European settlers arrived in the area, the Spokane People had lived in the area that is now known as Minnehaha for thousands of years.
Edgar J. Webster, a lawyer and early Spokane resident, erected a mansion in what is now known as Minnehaha Park in the late 1890s and discovered a mineral spring on the property. Following the discovery, Webster decided to turn the area into a spa resort.
Minnehaha gained a reputation as a place where wild and colorful activities, which were generally frowned upon within the city limits, could take place due to its location outside of Spokane’s city limits and the availability of the Ross streetcar line, which provided convenient access to the area from the city center.
Webster’s health spa and resort, on the other hand, had a reputation for being a temperance hotspot. The property’s dancing hall was destroyed by fire in 1889, but Minnehaha Park still has a stone structure from the property’s heyday as a health resort. Despite the fact that the location was never used as an orphanage, it has become well-known for tales that it is haunted by the spirits of children who formerly resided at an institution on park property.
Between 1909 and 1913, when the city purchased the land and began the process of developing it into a public park, the days of the health spa and resort came to an end. A decade after the original idea, work began in 1924. A number of movie studios rented the region to create feature films between the time the city bought the site and the time it ultimately got around to developing it.
The North Spokane Corridor project has had a tremendous impact on the local neighborhood since its commencement in 1997. According to the Department of Transportation, building on the motorway began in 2001 and is expected to be completed by 2029. By the time the work is through, it is expected that 500 homes and 150 businesses would have been demolished in Minnehaha and the other districts that the freeway route will pass through.
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