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Becoming Cheney; How Settlers Came Here

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How and why did settlers come to the place that would become Cheney? How did Cheney get its name? This story is about the railroad, promotion of the region, and the evolution of names of our town.

The Many Names of Cheney | Spokane Historical

Both whites and Indians had many names for Cheney, but the opportunity for patronage from a powerful railroad executive finally settled the matter.

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