SPOKANE, WASH. — Trade is what made Spokane a settlement, but it was the railroad that made it a city. First came the Northern Pacific in 1881, soon followed by the Union Pacific, the Great Northern, and then the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroads.
By 1907 it was the first electrified city in Washington State with an electric streetcar system called the Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad (SIERR). The main SIERR Building was a 68,000-sq.ft. space to store and ma