In its glory years, the historic Davenport Hotel was at the center of Spokane and the Inland Northwest's social life. Louis Davenport's famous restaurant, which predated the hotel, opened in 1889 and quickly became Spokane¿s greatest attraction. As reflected in this book, the history of the Davenport enterprises truly is the history of Spokane. Numerous dignitaries, royalty, and world-famous entertainers were guests of the Davenport. The hotel was the pride of the city and patronized by people from all walks of life until it fell into its decline and subsequently closed in 1985. Finally, after years of languishing under threat of demolition, the grand old hotel was restored to its former grandeur and reopened in 2002. This easy-to-read history book is a tribute to Spokane¿s most noteworthy and beloved landmark and those responsible for its creation, evolution and preservation.