Stories tagged: History
Thu., Nov. 15, 2018
The story of Dodson’s Jewelry spans well over a century. But after 131 years of family ownership, the story of the oldest retail store in Spokane is coming to an …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 6:32 p.m.
William Kearsey’s war was long over by the time his son ever heard about it.
Mon., Nov. 5, 2018
The Casino Theater, on the 800 block of Riverside Avenue, opened in 1909.
Mon., Oct. 29, 2018
Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on …
Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Its main points are that there were people living in the Americas for millenniums before Columbus entered without knocking from the east (around 100 million when he got here, though …
Mon., Oct. 22, 2018
In the early 1900s, to house the many single men and women flocking to fill many new jobs, dozens of SRO – single residence occupancy – hotels were erected downtown.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 6 a.m.
If newspaper archives are any indication, race has long played a role in the most lethal sentence the justice system can impose.
Mon., Oct. 8, 2018
The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.
Sat., Oct. 6, 2018
The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not
Mon., Sept. 17, 2018
One of the most fascinating stories in Spokane is about a wall. Specifically, the retaining wall on North Monroe, which begins just south of Glass Avenue on the west side …
Thu., Sept. 6, 2018
Every day people around the world get their water in different ways. Some get water from a well, others turn on a tap, go to the store, and some walk …
Mon., Sept. 3, 2018
The automobile changed the American traveling culture. Stately hotel blocks became less important than the motor inn, motel, or what the Spokesman-Review called “highway hotels.”
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 11:20 a.m.
Hairspray and high heels: Retro fashion, cars and art on display at inaugural Retro Revelry in Post Falls
Car collectors and pinup enthusiasts celebrated 1950s nostalgia with retro cars, fashion, art and rockabilly music at the inaugural Retro Revelry event in Post Falls Saturday.
Sat., Aug. 25, 2018
This year marks the 50th anniversary since the Natatorium Park closed. Few alive today would remember the park in its glory days – but the ghost of a memory remains, …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018
The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018
While our vehicles collectively remain the largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gases in Washington state, 25 years ago the problem wasn’t the tinder in our forests or the …
Mon., Aug. 13, 2018
As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …
Mon., Aug. 6, 2018
Havermale Island, in the middle of the Spokane River, makes up much of the area of today’s Riverfront Park. For early settlers, it was an important site and refuge.
Mon., July 30, 2018
The first white settlers came to Spokane on horseback in the 1870s but it was the railroad that filled the city with entrepreneurs, miners, loggers, farmers, tradesmen and other new …
Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Carson had been deputized as what was known as an air raid warden in the Westpark neighborhood (now Bay Vista) during World War II. He was a part of a …
Sun., June 24, 2018
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument makes you wonder.
Fri., June 22, 2018
Restoration work on the Otis Hotel has started again, following a three-month construction delay while state inspectors investigated complaints that cancer-causing asbestos had not been appropriately handled and removed from …
Mon., June 18, 2018
1910 was a watershed year for Spokane.
UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:53 p.m.
At her 108th birthday party, Hazel Young reunited with her younger brother for the first time in eight years.
Mon., June 11, 2018
Felts Field is preparing for growth with several projects in the works that include relocating a fuel facility, adding a gateway feature to the airport’s entrance and constructing a new …
Mon., June 4, 2018
Bob Strahorn planned the downtown Spokane Union Station, opened in 1914, to compete with the Great Northern depot, built in 1902.
Sun., June 3, 2018, 8 a.m.
Spokane police captain George C. Miles was in police headquarters when a car brought in a deceased victim of an East Sprague car accident. Capt. Miles helped search through the …
Mon., May 28, 2018
Around 1899, a VOA chapter started in Spokane, organizing their charitable activities where they could find space. The group offered religious services along with food and shelter.
Mon., May 28, 2018
Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …