Fort Spokane. Historic photo of quartermaster's barn. Long 2 story barn in snow. Two man at the far end.
Fort Spokane Quartermaster's Barn


Historic Fort Spokane

Fort Spokane is a significant cultural and historic site in Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. For thousands of years, the area was a gathering place for native tribes fishing the rapids of the Spokane River. In 1880, the U.S. Army established a fort above the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers. In 1898, the military fort was closed. The buildings were then used as an Indian boarding school and tuberculosis hospital. In many ways, the Indian experience at Fort Spokane is a microcosm of the Indian experience across the United States.


Cars on dirt road with wooden store fronts on either side.
Main Street of Old Kettle Falls.

Old Kettle Falls

Walking the trail to the Kettle Falls swim beach and you’ll most likely see birds, trees and wildlife. But if you take a detour through the Locust Grove group site, you’ll find a few things that just seem… out of place.

St. Paul's Mission
St. Paul's Mission

NPS Photo / A. Sadlo

St. Paul's Mission

Established in 1845 by Father Pierre Jean de Smet and two of his assistants, Father Ravalli and Father Hoecken, St. Paul's Mission ministered to the Native Americans who gathered annually at Kettle Falls to harvest salmon. The building was originally constructed in 1847 and rebuilt in 1939. St. Paul's Mission is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is part of Mission Point.

Last updated: April 4, 2024

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