Spokane is also the center of the third largest urban area in the Pacific Northwest (after Seattle and Portland) and retains the distinction of being the largest city on the Interstate highway and rail corridor between Seattle and Minneapolis, a span of over 1,600 miles.
The first humans to live in the area, the Spokane people (their name meaning "children of the sun" in Salishan), arrived between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, living off plentiful game.
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