MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
The Lang Building was erected on Washington Street in 1891. Most of the downtown buildings in that era were built for ground floor retail space, with a hotel or residence rooms above. But the Lang was built for large meeting rooms, so windows on the sides of the building are taller, and the front windows are stylishly arched to allow light inside. The first listing of the Lang building called it the Grand Army Hall. The Grand Army of the Republic was the fraternal organization for those who served in the Union Army in the Civil War. The first of three G.A.R. posts in Spokane was founded in 1883. The national organization peaked at 490,000 total members in 1890. Eventually there would be posts in every state, even in the South.
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019
The first Great Northern train rolled into Spokane in May 1892, starting a long association between the company and the city. James Jerome Hill, one of the great rail tycoons of the 19th century, put a massive rail yard outside Spokane city limits that would become the biggest rail shop west of the Mississippi. The Hillyard shops produced the most powerful steam engine of the time, the R-1 Mallet.
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet wide, plus a 5-foot-wide pedestrian path on the southbound side.
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019
Single-room occupancy hotels accommodated downtown Spokane’s booming early 1900s, including the Albany, Regal and Stanford hotels. Rooms had a bed, sink, wardrobe and little else.
MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2019
Taylor Bros. at Five Mile Shopping Center was among the region’s projects started by businessman Colin Taylor. It is now Anytime Fitness.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019
Hidden deep in the wings of the auditorium stage at Lewis and Clark High School are two musical treasures that came to be because of extraordinary fundraising and a public-spirited principal with an Ivy League emphasis on the arts. First came a grand piano as a gift from the class of 1912. Later came a pipe organ.
The Coeur d’Alene science magnet school opens a new piano lab to give students access to even more musical learning.
MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2019
The name Cohn has been associated with the furniture business for more than 130 years. The extensive Russian Jewish clan, along with several other families, arrived in Oregon in the 1870s after a long trek by wagon and on foot from North Dakota. The Spokane store was founded by Harry, Hyman and Joseph Cohn in 1895.
MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2019
These three grain storage and processing plants in east Spokane represent a various types of agribusiness ventures.
MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2018
The old Palace building got a complete makeover in mid-century style, for the incoming J.C. Penney store.
MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2018
The first corporate exhibitor to sign on for Expo ’74 was Ford Motor Co. The commitment was made in January of 1973, just 17 months before the opening ceremonies in May of 1974.
MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2018
Rosa D. Malone arrived in Spokane as a Works Progress Administration supervisor and founded the Booker T. Washington Community Center in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in 1937.
MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2018
R. G. “Buck” Buchanan, born in 1901 and raised on a cattle ranch in New Mexico, started in the car business in 1918 as a driving instructor in Missoula, Montana, teaching new car owners how to drive their purchases.
MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2018
When Spokane city father James Glover arrived in 1874, science had yet to explain the rocky buttes and basins of Eastern Washington or the other varied landscapes of the Washington Territories.
MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2018
Businessman W.G. Willis bought the southwest corner of Post Street and Riverside Avenue from pioneer land developers A.M. Cannon and J.J. Browne in 1886. He began building the three-story Falls City Building.
MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2018
The Casino Theater, on the 800 block of Riverside Avenue, opened in 1909.
MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2018
Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on Havermale Island in 1902, with its iconic Clocktower, access from downtown was only via the Howard Street bridge. So a new steel-supported bridge was hastily built, aligned with Washington Street, that dead-ended at the depot to get passengers to the trains.
MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2018
In the early 1900s, to house the many single men and women flocking to fill many new jobs, dozens of SRO – single residence occupancy – hotels were erected downtown.
MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018
In the late 1800s, America entrepreneurs have created a revolution in retail business by appealing to the thriftiness of the shopper and offering a wide variety of merchandise to save customers time. This was the origin of the dime store.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2018
On December 17, 1886, J.J. Browne, Henry C. Marshall and A.J. Ross incorporated the Spokane Street Railway company to build the rails and operate streetcars. The first priority was to connect Browne’s Addition with downtown Spokane.
MONDAY, SEPT. 3, 2018
The automobile changed the American traveling culture. Stately hotel blocks became less important than the motor inn, motel, or what the Spokesman-Review called “highway hotels.”
MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2018
The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.
MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2018
As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres and and the county donated 80 more in northwest Spokane for a hospital.
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018
James P. McGoldrick, born in 1859, started in the timber business in Minnesota. Seeing that most of the lumber he sold came from the Northwest, he moved to Spokane in 1906 and bought a mill south of Gonzaga College, east of downtown Spokane.
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
Spokane Buddhist Temple started 1945 with a rented apartment and a group of six dedicated Buddhists.