As a National Parks historian I have visited parks and heritage sites around the world. From the perspective of scores of park visits and from an intimate knowledge of the history and current state of Spokane Falls, I have often thought that this location is worthy of recognition as a World Heritage Site. I am currently exploring the idea on my own and with input from my students in a graduate course at Eastern Washington University called "Historical Writing and Editing." I am using this particular blog post to aggregate information on Spokane Falls in particular and World Heritage sites in general. Here is a preliminary list of relevant material on the internet:
On Spokane Falls:
The Fair and The Falls -- this is a web site with information on my book on that topic. It tells the story of the early history of the Spokane Falls and of Expo '74, the world's first environmental world fair, which restored the primitive grandeur of the falls.
On-Going Development of Spokane Falls Site -- this website, sponsored by the City of Spokane, details the current projects for development of Riverfront Park, which surrounds the falls.
Expos at Shanghai and Spokane -- this YouTube video explains the importance of Expo '74 in the the world-wide history of environmentalism
ON UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
List of World Heritage Sites -- as of this writing (January 10, 2019) there are 1092 sites world-wide on this list.
List of World Heritage Sites in the United States -- as of this writing (January 10, 2019) there are 10 cultural, 12 natural, and 1 mixed site.
Criteria for Selection -- this UNESCO site describes the criterial for selection as a World Heritage Site.