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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

What if Cheney became Spokane's County seat?

My Sideline View

 

Last updated 1/18/2024 at 8:56am



Just what if Cheney became Spokane County seat as it had long desired, and Benjamin P. Cheney decided in fairness to locate his institution of higher learning to Spokane?

What might it have meant to the how Eastern Washington University grew and developed since its founding as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy in 1882.

How might it have existed with its higher-ed regional rivals, all established later than Eastern — Washington State College and Whitworth both in 1890, Gonzaga 1887 and Idaho in 1889?

Never heard the story of the county seat conflict? It is certainly right out of the Wild West as...



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