The Jack Rabbit rollercoaster track was more than 2,000 feet in length, laid out in a kind of double figure eight pattern. The first hill was the “Big Drop,” touted to hurtle mortified riders at a rate of 70 miles per hour down to the bottom before the next succession of smaller dips and climbs. A warning sign in front of the ride read, “Hold your hats and don’t stand up!” The Jack Rabbit was a Spokane entertainment icon for over 40 years.
It’s the Manito Park sledding hill! On Episode 3 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King takes a ride down the icy slopes of the Manito Park sledding hill while exploring the dreams of Francis Cook, the father of Manito Park, to develop the Manito Park neighborhood. If you enjoy
By Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, excerpted from their book, Manito Park: A Reflection of Spokane’s Past. Find more of the Bamonte’s books at Tornado Creek Publications. Pictured above, Francis and Laura Cook’s nine-bedroom home, which was completed by April 1892 and lost in 1897 following
By Marla Hyder and Donald Johnson, an abridged excerpt from Dear Old Nat: Spokane’s Playground Above, the professional Spokane Baseball Club incorporated and joined Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to form the Pacific Northwest League. Though the “Spokanes” lost their first game in eleven innings to
By Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte Above, a ladder inside Gardner Cave, and a woman touring at the top. The cave was named for Edward Gardner, the great-grandfather of Dena Hertel, co-publisher and head of sales of Nostalgia Magazine. Photo courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte. Of