Youíve got to hand it to those Spokane Indians. In 1881, the white man tried
to force them onto the Colville Reservation, but the Spokane dug in their
heels, refusing to sever ancestral ties to their traditional lands. Their
strong Character is reflected in the collection of roads across this
undeveloped territory. Scenery has probably benefited, too ó pine forest still
covers most of the roadside even though the underlying terrain varies from
flat and grassy to rolling and rocky. There are even some panoramic views when
you drop down to and along the upper west bank of the Spokane River. Pavement,
of course, has never been part of the bandís rich tradition, but the
Engineering is modern enough. You can tell that Twistiness and Remoteness are
still highly valued by the Spokane; in painstakingly preserving them
throughout almost the entire road, these first Americans are an inspiration.
Itís WSDOT thatís the white manís burden.