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Spokane was nicknamed “Lilac City” because the bushes have flourished throughout the region since they were originally introduced to Spokane in the 20th century. In addition to the innumerable lilacs in bloom, the city also hosts an annual Lilac Festival and the Lilac Bloomsday Run every May 1, drawing more than 50,000 athletes annually. Besides the city’s affection for its aromatic flourishing flowers, Spokane is also home to an original, operating Looff carousel—this handcarved marvel is a longstanding example of the innovator’s engineering whimsy. Lilacs and carousels aside, Spokane is also the birthplace for a celebration dads hold dearly. Although the holiday wasn’t officially recognized by President Nixon until 1972, the American commemoration of Father’s Day began in Spokane in 1910 with Sonora Smart Dodd. Dodd wanted to honor her father—a Civil War veteran—who single-handedly raised Dodd and her five brothers after the children’s mother died.
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