Cheney was established back in the late 1800s, and ties to education, agriculture and rail are what helped the town become what it is. Cheney is mostly known as a college town, since it’s home to Eastern Washington University – but there’s also a huge military population here, since it’s only 7 miles from Fairchild Air Force Base. It’s about a 15 minute drive from Cheney to downtown Spokane, giving way for homeowners looking for a lower than average cost of living and to be surrounded by unique landscape. Nearby is the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, which is 18,000 acres of wildlife and fascinating geology, providing opportunities such as hiking, photography, hunting and fishing.
- Top restaurant: Rokkos Teriyaki. When my husband was going to EWU, it was a must-stop place for us, serving up awesome teriyaki with – if you ask my husband – even better spicy macaroni salad.
- Top activity: There are two this week, depending on the season. In the summer you have to head to the Cheney Rodeo. This 50-year-old tradition is always the second weekend in July. In the fall and winter, Eagle football games are where it’s at. The team has been on a roll for the past 7, 8 years and it’s always a fun time at Roos Field.
- Top coffee shop: The Mason Jar. This bakery is in downtown Cheney, a block down from Rokko’s. They serve up awesome cups of coffee with wonderful, handmade baked goods – using ingredients from local farms.
The two elementary schools that students in the are usually head to are: Betz or Salnave…then kids head to Cheney Middle School and then on to Cheney High School. Click below to find out the statistics on those schools.