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Jesse Tinsley

Jesse Tinsley

Jesse Tinsley joined The Spokesman-Review in 1989. He currently is a photojournalist in the Photo Department covering daily news and shoots drone photography.
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News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Jensen-Byrd Hardware

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

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: The Harlem Club

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

MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Washington Market

The Washington Market, built in 1911, was a clothing store before turning over groceries around 1914. Typical of the era, space was leased to a mix of independent dealers selling meat, produce, dairy and other specialities, such as tea and coffee, or candy.

MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: American Legion Building

Businessman F. Lewis Clark was born in 1861 in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Harvard and moved to Spokane in 1884. Over the next 30 years, he made a fortune in flour milling, land development, railroads and mining.

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Bernards and Zukor’s

There was an era in Spokane when women dressed fashionably to shop downtown. Suits, dresses, hats and smartly tailored coats, often trimmed in fur, were important accessories.

MONDAY, DEC. 25, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Cannon block home to several banking firms

Anthony McCue Cannon built his block from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1889. Over the years, the “marble bank” building played host to several different firms before being demolished to make way for the expansion of the Crescent department store in 1953.

MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2017

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MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: University District

Until Expo ’74, the University District was a maze of railroad tracks and warehouses. Today it is being transformed into a combination of modern college campus, scientific business incubator and urban living community.

MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Perry Block

It’s hard to believe that the wood-framed 1887 Perry building survived Spokane’s great fire because the raging inferno started just a couple hundred feet away at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue on Sunday, August 4, 1889.

MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and now: Consolidated Freight Lines

Leland James, a Portland, Oregon, truck driver, built a trucking empire. He started by buying Portland-Spokane Auto Freight and a handful of other firms in 1929. He called his new company Consolidated Freight Lines. Around 1935, Consolidated built a new office and warehouse at 126 S. Sheridan St. in Spokane.

MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Felts Field

Spokane’s Felts Field is one of the oldest municipal, federally recognized airports. The historic airport also played a key role in the development of scheduled passenger service across the country.

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Cannon House

One of the grandest homes in the Rockwood National Register Historic District was erected for pioneer attorney Edward J. Cannon and his wife, Helen, in 1911. The brick home in the Colonial Revival style is part of Spokane’s most exclusive and historic neighborhoods.

MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Opportunity Township

Townships were a way for rural areas to have a local government of their own, outside of cities and outside of county government. In Washington, only Spokane and Whatcom counties allowed townships to form a local government and levy property taxes to support it. The state approved townships in 1908.

MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Looff Carrousel

The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.

MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

News >  Spokane

Then and Now: Silver Loaf Baking Co.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Spokane was always a wheat town, anchored by its flouring mills, which supplied several large bakeries. One of the larger bakers was Silver Loaf Baking Company, which had a production plant on the north rim of the Spokane River gorge for almost 40 years.

MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017

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News >  Spokane

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.