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.
MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018
Since James Glover rode up to the Spokane Falls in 1873 and made a deal to buy out the two squatters on the land around the falls, there has been an informal competition to build bigger, taller, and more impressive structures than had existed before.
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Agnes McDonald (1865-1961) was one of Spokane’s most colorful characters. She was only 35 when her husband, a wealthy mining investor, died, leaving her with two sons to raise. His investments left her comfortably well off.
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018
1910 was a watershed year for Spokane.
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
In the bustling post-war era, Spokane produced a cadre of elite young architects who challenged and pushed each other with every project. That competition produced many notable features in the city, including the 1959 Washington Water Power building.
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
Bob Strahorn planned the downtown Spokane Union Station, opened in 1914, to compete with the Great Northern depot, built in 1902.
MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018
Around 1899, a VOA chapter started in Spokane, organizing their charitable activities where they could find space. The group offered religious services along with food and shelter.
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018
Brothers Albert P. and William M. Wolverton, ages 25 and 31, arrived in the frontier town of Spokane Falls in 1880 and paid $350 for a lot on the northeast corner of Riverside Avenue and Wall Street. There they completed the two-story, later three-story, Wolverton block, which holds the distinction as the first brick building in Spokane, in 1881. They started a hardware store together.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018
The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see today, with four small pavilions designed by Kirtland Cutter.
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
Anthony McCue Cannon, born in 1837 in Illinois, was a restless young man in search of business ideas. He made and lost fortunes in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Portland, where he had married and divorced.
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018
In the chilly morning of Dec. 18, 1915, the steel-framed 1892 Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy water.
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
Mission revival was based on the Franciscan missions built throughout California in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was all the rage from the 1890s to 1915.
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018
In 1943, the military began building dozens of barracks-style four-unit buildings, stretching from the Garden Springs neighborhood eastward to Hangman Creek. The development was called Victory Heights.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
Built in 1910, the Brownstone Apartments was an elegant, three-story building. At that time, Spokane was booming and workers needed housing. Third Avenue, still on the outskirts of downtown, was lined with apartments and single-family homes.
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018
Nick Mamer, born in 1898, learned to fly at 18 in San Diego and served in France in the U.S. Army Air Service during WWI. He shot down three enemy aircraft and survived his own fiery crash. The French awarded him the Croix de Guerre.
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018
A partnership between “Dutch” Jake and Harry Baer led to the construction of a legendary hotel in the early 1900s.
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
Oliver C. Jensen, Danish by birth, founded a hardware store in Sprague, Washington in 1883. A decade later, he partnered with Charles King to become Jensen-King Hardware.
MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2018
Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early 1930s, he had switched gears from restauranteur to club owner, and was running the hottest jazz joint in town.
MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2018
In the late 1890s, Spokane’s three hospitals – Deaconess, Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s – had a shortage of trained nurses.