The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Spokane Corral meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research and popularize western lore and history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.  Call Sheriff  Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane Corral, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the third Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 South Windsor Drive, Spokane.


Don Popejoy

Spokane's Legendary Davenport Hotel
February 18, 2016  

Don Popejoy, will be speaking about “Alonzo Victor Lewis”.

Don Popejoy was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1973, with a dual major in American History and Pacific Northwest History, and a dual minor in Psychology and Sociology. Don has worked with several historical entities, such as the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Oregon California Mormon Trail Association, the Mullan Road Society, and as Sheriff of the Spokane Westerners Corral.

In 2000 Don organized a Mullan Road convention, introducing it as an important road in connection with the Oregon Trail migrations and settlement of the region. In 2008 Don organized a year-long event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1858 Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene Indian Wars in Eastern Washington.

Don has been leading and developing tours around the country for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1999. He has been working with several small cruise ship companies,currently with Un-Cruise (Inland Seaways) and National Geographic Lindblad, since 2001, teaching the history of the Columbia and Snake River watershed.

Don has been teachingAmerican and European history, along with geology, climate change, and Shakespeare at Spokane Falls Community Collegein the Act Two programs since 2004, and in 2010,co-authored “Early Spokane: 1800-1945” with Penny Hutten, which is a regional best seller. Don has also co-authored a book on the Mullan Road, “The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest 1859-1862.”Published Aug. 2015

Don is putting the finishing his current book, “The Columbia River Connection” about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oregon Trail along the Columbia and Snake rivers; it will be available in early 2016. 

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by Feb. 14th, for reservations.  Pat's email is  and phone number is 509-466-2439.

Tornado Creek Publications
P.O. Box 8625
Spokane, Washington 99203
(509) 838-7114

(Thanks to Suzanne and Tony Bamonte, for editing and finishing this important book about Spokane's history, it is a must read)

Upper images are courtesy of  the Northwest Room of the Spokane Public Library. The image in upper left hand side is courtesy of Don Popejoy.    The image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.