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100 years ago today: League of Nations idea divides Spokane

The establishment of the League of Nations – an early attempt to form a United Nations-style organization – was a divisive issue in Spokane. Some critics, including U.S. Sen. Miles …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 18, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Then and Now: Taylor Bros. Department Store

Taylor Bros. at Five Mile Shopping Center was among the region’s projects started by businessman Colin Taylor. It is now Anytime Fitness.


Then and Now: Alberta Apartments

The Alberta Apartments were built on railroad right-of-way property in 1910 just a stone’s throw away from the tracks through downtown Spokane. Like most downtown housing, they were built during …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar routes close as cars gain popularity

The Washington Water Power Co., the private company that ran many of city’s streetcar lines, had quit serving a number of routes. With the advent of the automobile, WWP was …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Then and Now: Thinking ahead of Expo ’74, U.S. Pavilion takes shape

Even before the world’s fair, Expo ’74, closed down, the city of Spokane was embroiled in discussions of what to do with the 100-acre site. There was a strong movement …


State of the State of the Union: Experts see erosion of decorum in Trump-Pelosi feud

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he would postpone his State of the Union address until the end of the partial government shutdown, yielding to a request by House Speaker Nancy …


Then and Now: Cohn Bros. Furniture

The name Cohn has been associated with the furniture business for more than 130 years. The extensive Russian Jewish clan, along with several other families, arrived in Oregon in the …


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


Then and Now: East Spokane grain elevators

These three grain storage and processing plants in east Spokane represent a various types of agribusiness ventures.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Spokane’s first Kmart to close in March as part of Sears bankruptcy

The location at 4110 E. Sprague Ave. was among 80 locations listed Friday for closure by the former retail giant, which is now navigating bankruptcy in partnership with the Sears …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Memories in stone: How Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial came to be

Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial, originally unveiled in 2014, was the realized through the efforts of many individuals.


Sue Lani Madsen: The more things change…

Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.


Old West legends trail Garland house as it goes on market

What will $200,000 buy in today’s heated Spokane real estate market? Rick Tannehill is offering a recently renovated 4-bedroom Craftsman in the Garland district that comes with fresh paint and …


Some regret loss, others see trend as midcentury homes give way to new construction

The demolition of the Blair House was not the first time a notable home fronting the Manito golf course was destroyed to make way for a new home, and many …


After 131 years, Dodson’s Jewelry – Spokane’s longest-running retail business – is closing

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.

WWI descendants see armistice through prism of personal pain

William Kearsey’s war was long over by the time his son ever heard about it.


Then and Now: Riverside Theater

The Casino Theater, on the 800 block of Riverside Avenue, opened in 1909.


Then and Now: Washington Street Bridge

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 …


Review: PBS’ ‘Native America’ is a timely series about the people who were here first

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 …


Then and Now: The National Hotel

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.


Capital punishment in Spokane: A history

If newspaper archives are any indication, race has long played a role in the most lethal sentence the justice system can impose.


Then and Now: Union Station trestle

The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.


The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not

The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not


Getting There: A piece of forgotten history runs along North Monroe

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 …


Ask Dr. Universe: How did people in ancient times filter water from rain?

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 …


Then and Now: Desert Caravan Inn

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.


50 years on, remembering Spokane’s Natatorium Park

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.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

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 …


Then and Now: The Spokane River

The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.