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Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her columns include Landmarks, featuring historic buildings and sites, and Front Porch.

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This vintage photo shows a close-up of the Gallows Gates. They stood under the archway from when the Spokane County Courthouse was built (1895) to when they were taken down (1970). (Spokane MAC / Spokane Law Enforcement Museum Archives)

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Landmarks: Restored gates dedicated at Spokane County Courthouse

Sometimes a chance meeting leads to a happy discovery and the eventual restoration of a thought-to-be-lost artifact, something that turns out to be a significant piece of Spokane’s history. That was the case one day in 2008 when Don Secor, who was Spokane Parks Department superintendent at the time, and Chuck King, a history buff involved with the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, bumped into each other at a yard sale.

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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Front Porch: Garden bounty welcome, Stefanie Pettit says

Cindy Hval and I take turns writing the Front Porch column. Last week Cindy wrote about being inundated by the zucchini she’s growing. I don’t grow my own zucchini, but I am the happy recipient of other people’s labors in that regard. And that (plus other items of produce) is what I wrote about for this week, in advance, because of travel and waves of summer visitors. And here I am with no time to start anew, but I wanted to let you know that you are not being presented Cindy’s quite funny column a second time.

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The 1906 Ernest and Anna Chamberlin Craftsman House, a Craftsman-style bungalow home on Sherwood Street in the West Central Neighborhood, showcases the cottage-style garden out front. (Stefanie Pettit / The Spokesman-Review)

Wed., July 19, 2017, 12:10 p.m.

Landmarks: Chamberlin House

As Craftsman-style bungalows go, the Ernest and Anna Chamberlin House in the West Central District of Spokane has two unique and distinctive features – one dominant and obvious and the other an artistic flourish expressed on both the exterior and inside.

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The owners of Iron Goat Brewing Co.,  have preserved the industrial interior of the former shop with rustic furniture, shown Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Wed., July 5, 2017, noon

Landmarks: 1920s auto shop is home to Iron Goat Brewing

When the Transport Truck Company of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, opened its Northwest Transport Truck Co. in Spokane in 1921, it did so in a newly constructed building designed with a showroom, parts room, offices and service shop, all described in a newspaper article as “one of the finest homes in the northwest to be used for the sale and service of trucks.”

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Replacement grave stone for baby Alice Boyd, who died in 1910, one of the earliest burials in the cemetery. (Stefanie Pettit / The Spokesman-Review)

Wed., June 21, 2017, noon

Landmarks: Hillyard area’s Evergreen Cemetery offers 14 acres of restored grounds, historic grave sites

The 14-acre Evergreen Cemetery in Hillyard has been restored to a functioning state today. Platted in 1910 by the Hillyard Masonic Lodge, it was abandoned after a few owners. In 1989, George and Lea Kokstis discovered a veterans memorial in the cemetery and began a save-the-cemetery effort that enlisted the help of the Hillyard Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1474, and even a Boy Scout troop. Today some of the old grave stones have been replaced and unmarked graves identified and designated, and the cemetery is open for business.

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