at Market Street
Historical Hillyard in northeast Spokane] is located conveniently within a 5 minute drive of Northtown Mall and Spokane Community College.
Hill's Yard, as it was known, began in 1892, named after Great Northern Railroad magnate, James J. Hill. The area grew up around the rail yard and housed hard-working, blue-collar workers and their families. The rail yards closed in 1982, leaving behind a historical district dotted with antique shops and home-style eateries, mixed with pieces of railroad history. More than 85% of the original business district buildings are still standing.
The historical business district is located along Market Street, which became the first Spokane neighborhood to be accepted onto the National Register of Historical Places and the Spokane Register of Historic Districts.
Market Street is known for the array of antique shops offering one-of-a-kind finds, appraisals and consignments. Dogtown Mercantile is a vintage store and auction house offering high quality estate furniture and antiques.
A gorgeous brick building with art deco touches houses the United Hillyard Mall which offers a collection of high quality antiques offered by 18 separate vendors in a bright and clean atmosphere. Items range from vintage costumes and clothing to toys and furniture.
A large mural of daily life in the early 1900's graces the side of O'Brien Used Furniture, a few feet away from an antique Ferris wheel.
Market Street Antiques sells affordable items from a bygone era across two floors from more than 20 antique dealers.
After a day of shopping, Market Street offers up several eateries to grab a bite to eat. Family friendly Triple L Cafe serves home cooking and breakfast all day long. Open for breakfast and lunch only.
Hillyard Gardens and Bistro combines a full service florist with a bistro serving soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, desserts and beverages. Homemade pet treats are also available.
Established in 1897, Usher's Corner is one of the oldest bars in Spokane. While offering a relaxing place to have a drink, Usher's Corner also provides a patio, dance floor, karaoke, billiards, live music and an affordable lunch and dinner menu.
For a cheesy pizza pie check out Station House Pizza, which offers pies named for Hillyard's railroad history, such as the Caboose, Engineer's special and the boxcar. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the glass or pitcher along with the standard favorites of chicken wings and salads.
The Northern Rail Pub is a new addition to the area, offering 3 beers on tap and modest priced sandwiches and soups.
High quality, low cost haircuts can be found at Mr. Ken's Barbershop while the Total Cosmetology Training Center offers hair, nail and skin services to the public.
The Hillyard Heritage Museum Society offers up an Annual Hobo Dinner and Auction with proceeds going towards the preservation of Hillyard's railroad heritage. For Fire and Rail memorabilia, a visit to the Fire and Rail Museum is a must. Their collection includes several boxcars and a caboose, all on a specially made railroad track as well as a vintage fire engine.
A sign in front of the museum offers a glimpse into the area's quirky sense of humor with the Hobo Weather Station: if this sign is moving, it's windy; wet, it's raining; white, it's snowing; if you can't see them it's foggy. Another nod to the historic railroad history of Hillyard lies along the sidewalks in the business district, where locomotives are stamped.
Picnic-worthy Harmon Park, offers a large skate park, tennis courts, grassy fields and a child-sized railroad engine just for the kids. In the summer, Hillyard pool offers 2 water slides, kid's play area with zero entry, lap pool and 2 diving boards.
Youth educational and recreational services are offered at the Northeast Youth Center. Tutoring, before and after school programs, meals and life skills are some of the programs offered for youth aged 0-17.
In August every year, the much anticipated, multi-day, neighborhood Hillyard Festival offers a community potluck, parade, live music, and vendors, followed by a grand finale of fireworks.
Esmeralda Golf course is located close by and offers 18-holes, with tree-lined flat fairways that are particularly good for beginners.
written by:Jennifer McCormick