Stories tagged: History
Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Group aims to preserve 134-year-old Springfield bridge
An Iowa-based nonprofit has targeted one of the Oregon’s oldest bridges for preservation. The Register-Guard reports the 134-year-old Hayden Bridge in Springfield has been little used over the past quarter-century.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 2:13 p.m.
Ancient human ancestor was one tall dude, his footprints say
He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That’s what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago.
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 6 a.m.
10 prominent early astronauts carrying on U.S. space history
Early U.S. space history is fading with the death of John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and the 2012 passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:26 p.m.
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center getting 170-year-old map
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will be the new home of a book of historic pioneer maps thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden.
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
With 75 years of perspective, we can re-examine the legacy of Pearl Harbor even as we honor those who served
The living memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor is almost extinguished. It’s time to rethink how we want to remember Dec. 7, 1941, 75 years later – and beyond.
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Finding meaning in Pearl Harbor as attack slips from collective memory
The approaching anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be greeted by an American public that is quickly losing its collective memory of that fateful event. As those …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 7:49 a.m.
Archeologists think they found Pilgrims’ original settlement
Archeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World.
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 11:41 p.m.
Gonzaga hopes there’s more magic in Orlando
Orlando has been good to Gonzaga. A neutral-court victory over a ranked foe in the championship game. Blowout wins over coaching giants such as Maryland’s Gary Williams and Oklahoma’s Lon …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 10:25 a.m.
Israel to launch major expedition to find Dead Sea Scrolls
An Israeli antiquities official says Israel is embarking on a major expedition to find more Dead Sea Scrolls.
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 4:59 p.m.
How long did it take for life to rebound after the death of the dinosaurs?
It doesn’t take a very long time to irreversibly change the planet. In just a few dozen millennia – a geologic blink of an eye – three quarters of Earth’s …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, noon
Everyday objects lend insight into ancient Roman culture at Jundt
‘Roman Myth and Mythmaking’ at the Jundt demonstrates how Romans constructed and spread their cultural and religious beliefs through the small objects they used every day.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
World’s first fossilized dinosaur brain may have been found
A bit of lumpy brown rock no bigger than an orange could be the world’s first fossilized dinosaur brain.
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016
Then & Now: The first YMCA
The YMCA has been in Spokane more than 130 years. The Young Men’s Christian Association, founded in London in 1844, was started to offer healthy activities, both physical and spiritual, …
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 3 p.m.
While herding sheep, Australian man discovers bones of a giant dinosaur. Meet Wade.
In 2005, David Elliott was guiding his mob of sheep through central Queensland, Australia, when two fossilized bone fragments poking out of the soil caught his eye. Elliott returned to …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
‘Higgs bison’ mystery solved with help of ancient cave paintings
Paleontologists cheekily dubbed the species the “Higgs bison” – a play on the famously elusive subatomic particle – because it was so mysterious. Little did they realize that the creature …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016
Spokane Valley’s University City Mall
Earl D. McCarthy left Washington State College in 1938, and started working for Sears and Roebuck and, later, the John W. Graham Co. McCarthy served in the Navy in World …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016
Then and Now: Melcher Tire Co.
Melcher Tire Co. had multiple locations in the 1920s and 1930s, selling Goodyear and Firestone tires, and also providing retreads.
Sat., Sept. 24, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens
America’s first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country’s first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained …
Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, 2:44 p.m.
Historic recognition: George Washington’s family tree is biracial
The National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family’s …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016
Then & Now: Sperry Flour Mill
Austin Sperry founded the Sperry Flour Company in Stockton, California, around 1850. At that time, the gold rush miners were fed with flour shipped from South America and the East …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Spokane descendant visits Georgetown as school announces plan to make amends for sale of slaves
As Georgetown University announces its plans to make amends for the sale of slaves in the 1830s, a Spokane resident and descendant of a man sold tours the institution for …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
Then and Now: The Mayfair Café
The Mayfair Café at the corner of West Second Avenue and Washington Street was torn down recently to create a parking lot. The one-story structure was built in 1890, the …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016
Then & Now: Earl Clack and Husky Oil
When you see an advertisement extolling the quality of one brand of auto gas over another, think of H. Earl Clack of Havre, Montana.
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016
Then and Now: John W. Graham and Co.
John W. Graham, born 1860 in Rockport, Indiana, knew how to sell.
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Front Porch: Cemeteries provide intriguing, moving glimpse at region’s history
No matter what kind of map I’d have, locating a particular grave stone was usually a challenge, and I’d often flag down a groundskeeper to help me in the task. …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 5:18 p.m.
Historic ferry returns to Astoria as tourist attraction
A ferry that once plied the Columbia River between Astoria and Washington state will soon be back in service as a tourist attraction.
Thu., July 28, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Donations keep iconic Queen Elizabeth I portrait in Britain
A rare 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after a donations appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain.
Mon., July 25, 2016
Then and Now: Universal Auto Co.
Phillip Garnett came to Spokane in 1917 as a regional representative for the Ford Company. He was stationed at Universal Auto Company in Spokane, the Ford dealership. Before he was …
Wed., July 20, 2016, 9:50 p.m.
App makes users Washington State Insiders
Washington State Insider phone app features almost 100 historic sites in Washington.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Solar plane flies over Egypt pyramids on globe-circling trip
Flying through the haze over the pyramids of Giza, an experimental solar-powered airplane arrived on Wednesday in Egypt as part of its globe-circling voyage.