Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Roger Harnack

Learn history; don't cancel it


September 1, 2022

Last week, Fairchild Air Force announced it was erasing Col. George Wright because the history surrounding him is considered by some divisive.

In place of his name being associated with a housing area and street, the military opted for “Lilac Village” and “Willow Loop,” respectively.

The move comes two years after Spokane canceled the highly decorated Army leader, as well – Fort George Wright Drive was renamed Whistalks Way, in recognition of the wife of Spokane tribal warrior Qualchan. Qualchan was hanged by Col. Wright in 1858 because the warrior was killing white settlers.


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