Spokane Falls Skyride

Post by Steven Dale

I’m in transit today, traveling back to Toronto and it’s lovely minus 10 degree February temperatures. In the meantime, check out the Spokane Falls Skyride (video below).

Given its urban/natural setting, this should be a fascinating system to discover more about. Any information on this installation would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I grew up in Spokane, and rode this gondola as a child. If memory serves, it was commissioned as part of the 1974 World's Fair. Also of interest in the area is the Riblet Mansion tram — built in 1925 by tram engineer and inventor Royal Riblet (of Riblet Tramway Co fame) 1600 feet across the Spokane River to his home on a 450 foot volcanic bluff.
  2. A little more: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19881124&id=zbQpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rO8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5062,5321651
  3. Thanks for this, Silus. I'm confused, however (no surprise there). The cabins look very new, and they're using a pulsed configuration which was not very common in 1974. Is this a rebuild or an entirely new system?
  4. It's a rebuild. Wish I knew more.
  5. It's a 6x3x6 Doppelmayr CTEC Pulsed Gondola that was built in, I believe, 2005. It replaced an earlier system that was built for Expo '74. I have no details on that, though I do believe that it was also a pulsed ststem.
  6. This is indeed a rebuild. The original skyride was purchased by Adventureland Amusement Park in Des Moines, Iowa. It is still in full operation.
  7. I am doing research on the sky ride and am displeased because I cannot find historical facts about it on almost any website. Where should I look?
  8. Good luck with that, Jennifer! We've been trying to find info for a while on this one, but there's very little. This is pretty typical of private sector installations.
  9. Maybe what google couldn't answer a simple phone call would do ;)
  10. I'm sorry, LX, what is this "phone" thing to which you refer? I recall my high school history teacher once speaking of a telephone. Could those be the same thing?