For some time (since 1980) in Washington, the Seattle temple was the only one in existence. Nineteen years later (1999) the Spokane Washington Temple was built. It serves members in Idaho and Montana in addition to Washington. This is one of the smaller traditional designed temples. To cut down on construction time and to have the ability to build more temples in more places, this smaller traditional architecture has worked rather well for the Church.
After the Mormons were forced to leave Nauvoo, there were a few stray members that went their own ways and settled in areas off the grid. One of those members, John Bozarth, decidedly settled in Washington in 1852. Four missionaries were sent to labor in the Oregon and Washington territories in 1854 and with Bozarth's help tried to organize a branch, but failed under heavy persecution. With the help of many other missionaries, family and railroad workers, a branch was officially organized in Spokane in 1916. During World War II, many members settled in the Washington area to work in defense industries. The Spokane Mission was created in 1978 and has steadily grown.
Spokane is a large city - the second largest in Washington. It's only 18 miles to the Idaho border and about 40 minutes from Coeur d'Alene, ID. A gorgeous, scenic town known for it's lakes and outdoor activities. Though Spokane isn't considered a tourist destination, there are some beautiful parks to stroll around. Riverfront Park is a nice place to see Spokane Falls. Manito Park is known for it's manicured gardens. There's also several worthwhile museums. Mobius Kids -Children's Museum & Science Center is two hands-on museums in one. A Children's Museum and a Science Center to keep the kids entertained. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is where you can learn about the history and cultures of the northwest. You can take a tour of a restored art deco theater at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
If you need a good place to sit and relax only 5 minutes from the temple, stop by HuHot Mongolian Grill. Create your own combination of noodles, meats and vegetables and watch while chefs grill it up while you wait. Delicious Italian can be found at Tomato Street. Famous for their wood grill and tasty bread. If you want to dine in an old rail car, check out Frank's Diner. Comfort food inside a piece of history. Thin-crust, unique pizza is the norm at Fire Artisan Pizza. Let chef Gordy whip you up some Sichuan Chinese specialties at Gordy's Sichuan Cafe. For delectable desserts, pastries, croissaints and sandwiches, stop by Petit Chat Village Bakery.