Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Roosevelt To Detrain At Soap Lake

From the "Spokane Chronicle."

July 25, 1934

Here is where President Roosevelt will first set foot in central Washington in his inspection of the Grand coulee project. Soap Lake is 120 miles southwest of Spokane on the Great Northern, and the station is three miles east of town. Soap Lake is going to celebrate with true western hospitality. The road from the station to the town will be lined with flags. The town itself will be gaily decorated to welcome the chief executive. An exhibit of Columbia basin irrigated farm products will be arranged for the president’s inspection. The presidential train will go to Soap Lake via Spokane. It will come here early the morning of August 4 via the S.P.&S. from Portland and will be switched to the Great Northern tracks here. It is scheduled to arrive in Soap Lake about 3 am. The president plans to leave the train there at 9 am to go to the Grand coulee dam site, arriving there about 11 am. Returning, the presidential train will reach Spokane about 5:30 pm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My grandmother, Myrtle Elsie Bailey Arvan, was so proud that she was able to shake his hand! One of her fondest SL memories!