What's up with these random nicknames people come up with for Spokane?

Don’t get me wrong, I totally get WHY certain cities got their nicknames, after all, I grew up in Nashville. Its nickname is “Music City”. I've even spent nearly half my life in a place nicknamed, “The Palm Springs of Washington", although at particular nickname for Yakima doesn't make a lick of sense. I’m not the only one who thinks that; there are social media groups that dedicate entire threads about their hatred of city nicknames, but it still sticks!


Other (horrible) nicknames for Yakima include Yakompton and Yakivegas, poking fun at American cities that have literally nothing in common with each other.

Now, let’s take Spokane as another example of a city with nicknames that make no sense.


These Random Nicknames for Spokane Don’t Make a Lick of Sense
Spokane, Lilac City Canva

Spokane’s official city nickname is Lilac City. Why lilacs? The quick story: A garden social club established the first Lilac Festival back in 1938. As you know, back then they didn’t have TikTok to make their event go ‘viral’, so they held the festival every year until word got around that it was a beautiful and fun springtime thing to do and see in Spokane.



The nickname I’ve heard that makes me giggle the most is Spokompton/Spocompton. There is nothing about Spokane that screams ‘City of Compton’, unless you’re going to a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg concert at the Spokane Arena or something!


Here are 10 other nicknames for Spokane that make zero sense to me.


These Random Nicknames for Spokane Don’t Make a Lick of Sense

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