The city is located on the Spokane River in Eastern Washington, Spokane is a beautiful city with much to do and see. The hunter-gatherer Spokane tribe after which the city is named which means “children of the sun” or “sun people” were the first humans to live in the Spokane area arrived between twelve to eight thousand years ago. Spokane’s has a rich arts scene, delicious local eateries and must-see area attractions.
LDS Members make up 5.17% of the population of Spokane. In the state of Washington there are 149,089 members in 36 stakes, 253 wards, 50 branches, 3 missions, and 3 temples.
In 1852, John Bozarth, a Church member who had lived in Nauvoo, Ill., settled on the Lewis River in Washington Territory. In 1854 four missionaries serving in California, John Hughes, Clark Faben, Alfred Bybee, and Silas Harris, were sent to labor in the Washington and Oregon territories. Many Church members worked on the construction of the Northern Pacific and Oregon Short Line railroads in the 1880s and a few later moved into the Northwest.