January 16, 2012 in City

Photos Then and Now: Bright city night

The lights stretch farther in a new view of Spokane
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1966: To create this panoramic view from Cliff Drive looking north across Spokane, Spokane Chronicle photographers “stitched” four photos together. Division Street is the line of lights at top right.
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When a Spokane Chronicle photographer made a nighttime photo of South Stevens Street curving into West Ninth Avenue in 1966, Spokane was a bustling business center. Aluminum, timber products, chemicals, mining, banking, insurance, trucking, railroads and agriculture dominated. Spokane International Airport had just opened. Troops from Spokane were serving in Vietnam, and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was turning its mission to “the peaceful atom.” The city of Spokane’s population was 180,000, compared with today’s 209,000.

Web extra: Find historic photos and recent comparisons at spokesman.com/then-and-now.

– Jesse Tinsley

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