The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Spokane Corral meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research and popularize western lore and history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.  Call Sheriff John Caskey (509)863-2519. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane Corral, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the third Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 South Windsor Drive, Spokane.
Ranald MacDonald

John & Catherine Caskey

July 31, 2014, "The Patsy Clark Gold Mine in Republic".

Join the Westerners for a trip to the town of Republic, Wa.  This is an Inland Empire Tour hosted by Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335.  Our tour guide will be Sue Walker.  She grew up in Republic and promises to give us a local’s point of view.  Republic is also the home of the Patsy Clark Gold Mine. John Richards is a descendent of Patsy Clark and will share with us about the history of the mine.  Learn about Ranald MacDonald, pictured on the left.  The tour includes lunch at the Republic Brewing Company.  Just make your reservations.  Here is a link to the Republic Historical Museum.    Call today for your reservation (509) 747-1335.

August 21, 2014, join Inland Empire Tours for another day with John Caskey and the topic is "Lincoln and Spokane County Ghost Towns".

We will visit towns west of Spokane. like historic Lincoln County which is central to the farming and railroad industries.  We will learn the history and tour the once thriving cities of Sprague and Harrington.  We will also stop at the Museum in Davenport and hear about the communities inundated by the Columbia River dams at Ft. Spokane.  On our way home we will view Native American pictographs and visit the site of the Spokane House (1810), the earliest permanent non-Indian settlement in Washington.  Call  Inland Empire Tours (509)747-1335

History of Hats

John Caskey will be speaking about the history of hats. Each month he has a new hat to show us.  In this picture he is wearing the Top Hat and his wife, Catherine is wearing the American Lady's Bonnet.

Tony and Suzanne Bamonte have a new book out. It was written for the Spokane Association of Realtor's Centennial  Spokane Our Early History; Under All Is The Land, it is available at Auntie's bookstore or order through:

Tornado Creek Publications
P.O. Box 8625
Spokane, Washington 99203
(509) 838-7114

(Thanks to Suzanne and Tony Bamonte, for editing and finishing this important book about Spokane's history, it is a must read)

Upper images are courtesy of  the Northwest Room of the Spokane Public Library. The image in upper left hand side is courtesy of Ferry County Historical Society. The fourth image is courtesy of John CaskeyThe image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.