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Next meeting March 18th 2013....Click on the link below to see the agenda
The Sprague Chamber of Commerce is a growing non-profit organization of businesses, organizations, and individuals who support and promote their community and each other. By promoting business and community development, employment opportunities expand – thus, the Chamber is fostering a healthy economy and helping to enrich the quality of life of all residents.
MISSION STATEMENT ......
The Sprague Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization with membership open to any individual or business. Our mission is to support and promote Sprague business and participate in civic projects.
The History of our Town
The settlement that would become Sprague began as a sheep camp in the 1870s. The town was originally called Hoodooville after early settler William Burrows, also known as Hoodoo Billy. Sprague served as the construction headquarters for the Northern Pacific Railroad, which established a regional repair center at this location in 1880 and designated Sprague a major division point. The town was named after John W. Sprague, a general superintendent of the Northern Pacific. The town plat was filed on December 27, 1880.
Sprague boomed during the early 1880s, boasting 13 saloons and nearly 1,800 residents. The town was incorporated on November 28, 1883. Beginning in 1885 it was the main sheep-shearing ground for the region and wool sheared here was shipped to the East Coast via the Northern Pacific.
A major fire on August 3, 1895, destroyed virtually all the Northern Pacific's property. The Northern Pacific opted not to rebuild the railroad roundhouse at Sprague, instead moving the terminus to Spokane. This dealt a major blow to Sprague's economy.
In 1959 the United States Air Force located an Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile site outside Sprague, part of a system of Cold War defense missiles located within a 200-mile radius of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane County. The Air Force dismantled the Sprague site in 1967. Other Atlas missile sites in Lincoln County were constructed at Davenport, Reardon, Lamona, and Wilbur. Missiles were stored in underground reinforced-concrete structures. All these sites had been dismantled by the late 1960s.
Sprague Hay Days a success!
The food was great, the vendor booth were awesome, battle of the bands was super cool, the cars in the car shows were amazing and the professional fireworks display was unbelievable.....what more can we say.