In 1959, Sam Webb recalled that back in the 1880s a family of Spokane Indians camped on the site of the new Gibson's Grocery (1011 1st Street) every winter. He said the camp was made up of about 10 to 15 teepees. This site is on high ground near the spring of water that gave Cheney its original name of Willow Springs.
Sam came to Cheney as a boy with his family on the first passenger train on the Northern Pacific Railroad line.
The Cheney area is part of the Spokane Tribe of Indians territory.
This year we are looking back at businesses in our communities. It is an opportunity for some of us to remember people and stores, and for others to learn more about our past. The Business Exhibit is also an invitation to all of you to share your memories of downtown Cheney, Tyler, Four Lakes, Marshall, and Amber. You can help us build a richer story of our town.
Post to our Facebook page, send an email, write us a letter to P.O. Box 457, Cheney 99004. In this digital age, you can record your memories and we'll help you upload or send us the file. Sharing your stories ...