"Boosters extolled Spokane's natural setting in order to lure immigrants. But as more and more settlers built houses, mills, buildings, and factories, Spokane's natural environment quickly gave way to an urban landscape. By the time that Archduke Franz Ferdinand visited in 1893, the urban uses of the falls had overwhelmed the natural setting. During the next two decades, Spokane's rapid expansion continued, and it was one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States."
"Spokane needed to attract mine workers and lumberjacks to town on weekends and for the winter, to boost the local economy; so, despite occasional efforts to crack down on prostitution, the city remained wide open. When P. A. Caruso was eighteen, he went to San Francisco. He had heard a lot about that city's red light district, the "Barbary Coast," and he wanted to see it. But in the hotel where he got a job as a bellhop, someone told him not to bother. "'Hell,' he says, 'you come from Spokane!'" The man told him that Spokane was even wilder than San Francisco. "
"In such ways, in Spokane and elsewhere in the West, Native Americans were shoved aside, then sentimentalized. Once the Indian wars were over, the reservation system in place, and white numerical superiority established, Americans could safely regret the demise of the 'vanishing redskins,' paint them, photograph them, write articles about them, and then forget them."