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From our archives, 100 years ago

The head of the River Beautiful committee recommended that a stunning stretch of the Spokane River five miles downstream from downtown be set aside forever as a city park.

He said that most Spokane residents didn’t know about this treasure because it “can not at present be reached except after a two-mile walk from the Fort George Wright car lines.”

It included a feature he called the “bowl and pitcher rocks.”

“… Such natural beauties as these should be conserved and laid aside forever for the enjoyment of future generations,” he said. “There is not another city I know of that can boast such grand and inspiring sights so near its limits.”

More than 20 years later, the land became Riverside State Park.

50 years ago: The Spokesman-Review ran an architect’s drawing of the Crescent department store’s planned Northtown branch, scheduled to open in 1961.

The Crescent was a longtime downtown institution, yet this was to be its first branch store.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1937: The hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.



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