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