DescriptionRolling grasslands dotted with lakes and pine woods surround (CHEE-nee), which sprang up with the arrival of the railroad from Spokane in 1881. First called Willow Springs, then Depot Springs, the town's present name honors the director of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Impressed by this, Benjamin P. Cheney donated $10,000 toward the founding of an academy in 1882; this school became the nucleus of Eastern Washington University.
The architecturally interesting Interurban Railway Depot is at Second Street and College Avenue. A collection of Victorian homes at Third and F streets includes an elaborate Queen Anne-style residence built in 1904.
The Columbia Plateau State Park Trail follows an abandoned rail line through a scenic landscape of pine forest, grasslands and lakes that includes Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The northernmost 4 miles of the trail are paved; the remainder of the 23-mile section the runs through Cheney is crushed rock. The north trailhead begins at Fish Lake, 4 miles east on SR 904; phone (509) 646-9218.
Visitor InfoWest Plains Chamber of Commerce 510 1st St. CHENEY, WA 99004. Phone:(509)747-8480
Things to SeeTurnbull National Wildlife Refuge