Stories tagged: Spokane Falls
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 3:46 P.M.
Down by the riverside, Spokane found its heritage
The Spokane River’s falls drew Native tribes for millennia. And then came the settlers, who gradually came to treasure the natural beauty at the heart of Spokane.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 6 A.M.
This time of year, the ‘soul’ of the Spokane river returns – its ‘fast water’ offering a look into the past
When Barry Moses stares at the roiling spring waters of the Spokane River, especially near the dams, he sees what he calls “a shadow of the history of how things …
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local man fighting in Canadian Army describes World War I trenches
Frank Passmore, a “well-known Spokane boy” who had joined the Canadian army, wrote home about life in the trenches in France. “I am writing this to the tune of ‘whistling …
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017, 2 A.M.
100 years ago in Spokane: James Glover, ‘the father of Spokane,’ describes Spokane Falls in 1873
James N. Glover, “the father of Spokane,” continued his series of memoirs in the Spokane Daily Chronicle. He described his first visit in 1873, when he found only three families …
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds line Monroe Street Bridge to see illuminated falls
From our archives, 100 years ago Crowds lined both rails of the Monroe Street Bridge to see a new and exciting spectacle: The electrical illumination of the Spokane River waterfalls.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 10:07 A.M.
Shawn Vestal: Thanks to sewer work, Spokane Falls is brought to new prominence
When he was working for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, David Condon would sometimes field inquiries about Spokane’s signature natural attraction. “People would ask: How do you get down to the …
FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015
Crews pull swimmer from Spokane River near falls
A man was pulled to safety from the Spokane River at the base of the Upper Falls Thursday morning, as 21 firefighters responded in kayaks, climbing ropes and medical vehicles. …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Pioneer Daniel Drumheller, former mayor of Spokane, celebrated his 74th birthday in 1915 by telling stories about the early days.
SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2015
Snowmelt fills raging Spokane River
Ben and Bobbi Swanson rode their bikes to Riverfront Park late last week and joined a legion of other people who were there for the same purpose – to view …
FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015
Rare warm streak puts rivers, lakes near crests
Lake Coeur d’Alene neared its crest Thursday about 3 feet below flood stage following the heavy rain and mild temperatures dating back more than a week. Also Thursday, the Kootenai …
TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014
Business shares historic mural based on Bird’s Eye of Spokane Falls
A huge mural painted from an original Bird’s Eye View map of Spokane Falls in 1884 is now on public display at a downtown business office. Express Employment Professionals, 331 …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago James Monaghan turned 75, and the paper celebrated that fact by telling the life story of the man it called the region’s “oldest living …
SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Jack Robinson, 30, a one-legged ironworker, jumped into the Spokane River above the Washington Street bridge and then said to some bystanders on shore, …
MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014
Treasure quest: Antique collector seeking home for huge mural of Spokane
A huge canvas painting depicting the small city of Spokane Falls in 1884 needs a new home. Antique collector Dinah Carlson has it hanging in her garage after it was …
SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 2013
Diving buffleheads duck in for a show on Spokane River
A small flock of bufflehead ducks has taken up residence in a short stretch of fast-moving water beneath the Post Street Bridge in downtown Spokane. These energetic birds feed by …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2013
Centennial Trail gets grand addition
One of the biggest gaps in the Centennial Trail was officially filled Friday with the opening of a scenic mile-and-a-half-long stretch of new trail through Kendall Yards. The trail segment …
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013
Plan would improve visitor access to Spokane Falls
Plans for a redesign of Huntington Park along the lower Spokane Falls are getting tweaks from the public. Ideas for the $2 million makeover have already been modified in response …
MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2012
Then and Now photos: Spokane Falls
The first white man approached the site of present-day Spokane around 1807, but natives had been gathering at the thundering falls of the river for centuries. The ancestors of our …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012
Anthony’s bid highest
The company that owns Anthony’s restaurant in downtown Spokane has submitted the highest bid to buy the city-owned building the restaurant occupies overlooking Spokane Falls. But some Spokane City Council …
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
Anthony’s riverside building to be sold
Perhaps the choicest piece of property in Spokane’s city real estate portfolio is going up for sale. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to sell the building where Anthony’s …
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
Then and Now photos: Spokane Middle Falls
The Spokane Middle Falls circa 1888: The wooden structure at the lower left is an early Spokane water works, which likely featured water turbine to drive pumps to get the …
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012
Then and Now photos: Historic hub
The dusty town of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, was booming with railroads, timber and mining in the late 19th century as black settlers came looking for opportunities and a place …
MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011
Then & Now: Harnessing water’s power changed the region
From the Monroe Street Bridge, the lower falls of the Spokane River can be seen crashing over a level, manmade spillway that symbolizes the need to harness water to produce …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
River channels to be filled
Repair work to restore the historic riverbed beneath the upper Spokane Falls will get started later this summer after the Spokane River drops to seasonal lows. The Spokane hearing examiner …
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’
If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …
FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011
Travel way narrowed on park span
Riverfront Park officials have blocked the sidewalks along the powder blue bridge overlooking Spokane Falls after engineers determined the edges of the span no longer can be assured of holding …
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010
YWCA’s riverfront land sold for $3.2 million
Spokane’s YWCA finally has sold its prime riverfront campus. The property, which overlooks the North Channel of the Spokane River, sold Dec. 9 for $3.2 million to The Falls, said …
THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010, 1 P.M.
YWCA sells riverfront building for $3.2 million
The deal completes six years of work by the YMCA and YWCA to sell their former downtown properties to raise money for joint campus on North Monroe Street.
THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010
Group works to balance Spokane River’s aesthetics, power generation
What qualities does a good waterfall have? An evaluation team strolled around Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning, listening to the sound of the Spokane River and rating its appearance as …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010, 3 P.M.
Avista testing falls’ appearance with different flows
Avista is conducting tests on the Upper Spokane Falls today to determine what flows make the best-looking waterfalls.