Stories tagged: spokane history
Mon., March 12, 2018
Then and Now: Coeur d’Alene Hotel
A partnership between “Dutch” Jake and Harry Baer led to the construction of a legendary hotel in the early 1900s.
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Then and Now: The Harlem Club
Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early …
Mon., Feb. 19, 2018
Then and Now: Sacred Heart School of Nursing
In the late 1890s, Spokane’s three hospitals – Deaconess, Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s – had a shortage of trained nurses.
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
Then and Now: Umatilla Hotel
The Umatilla Hotel, on the southeast corner of Main and Bernard, survived the 1889 fire, which stopped at Washington St., but couldn’t avoid it 55 years later.
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
Then and Now: Washington Market
The Washington Market, built in 1911, was a clothing store before turning over groceries around 1914. Typical of the era, space was leased to a mix of independent dealers selling …
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018
Then and Now: Golden Gate building
The Golden Gate building, erected in 1892 and named by two brothers named Stebbins from Oakland, California, on the northeast corner of Riverside Avenue and Lincoln Street, was a bustling …
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018
Then and Now: Motorhomes and Trailers
Even after our region’s first settlers built towns and cities, some would still head to wilder areas to practice “woodcraft”, as camping used to be called.
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018
Then and Now: Bernards and Zukor’s
There was an era in Spokane when women dressed fashionably to shop downtown. Suits, dresses, hats and smartly tailored coats, often trimmed in fur, were important accessories.
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
Then and Now: U.S. Pavilion at Expo
Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.
Mon., Dec. 4, 2017
Then and Now: University District
Until Expo ’74, the University District was a maze of railroad tracks and warehouses. Today it is being transformed into a combination of modern college campus, scientific business incubator and …
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Then and Now: Perry Block
It’s hard to believe that the wood-framed 1887 Perry building survived Spokane’s great fire because the raging inferno started just a couple hundred feet away at Lincoln Street and Railroad …
Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
Then and now: Consolidated Freight Lines
Leland James, a Portland, Oregon, truck driver, built a trucking empire. He started by buying Portland-Spokane Auto Freight and a handful of other firms in 1929. He called his new …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Then and Now: Sprouse Reitz Variety Stores
Starting around 1940, Sprouse Reitz variety stores began popping up around Spokane. For housewives, there were household and craft supplies. For kids, there was candy and small toys.
Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
Then and Now: Cannon House
One of the grandest homes in the Rockwood National Register Historic District was erected for pioneer attorney Edward J. Cannon and his wife, Helen, in 1911. The brick home in …
Mon., Oct. 16, 2017
Then and Now: Opportunity Township
Townships were a way for rural areas to have a local government of their own, outside of cities and outside of county government. In Washington, only Spokane and Whatcom counties …
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017
Then and Now: Looff Carrousel
The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Then and Now: Silver Loaf Baking Co.
Spokane was always a wheat town, anchored by its flouring mills, which supplied several large bakeries. One of the larger bakers was Silver Loaf Baking Company, which had a production …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5 a.m.
Then and Now: Railroad tracks on Havermale Island
One of the city’s biggest roadblocks for Expo ’74 was the tangle of steel rails that snaked across Havermale Island and along the shore of the river.
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Then and Now: While Spokane burned, the city’s water superintendent was in Coeur d’Alene doing boat repairs
Spokane’s water superintendent, Rolla A. Jones, was in Coeur d’Alene doing repairs on a steamboat he owned when Spokane’s great fire of 1889 broke out.
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Spokane historians to re-enact the city’s great 1889 fire, on Twitter
Then, as now, smoke hung in the pines overlooking the young pioneer town beside the Spokane Falls. Area forests were ablaze. People and horses trudged along the dusty streets in …
Mon., July 31, 2017
Then and now: Water tank on east Ninth
In 1968, Glen Yake, who was Spokane’s city engineer from the 1950s to the 1980s, said: “Water is Spokane’s greatest asset.” He said that major urban areas that had seen …
Mon., July 24, 2017
Then and now: Construction, redesign of Riverfront Park
In the early 1960s, business and city leaders believed that Spokane needed something to bring it out of its funk. The economy was stagnant. Railroads were still shipping, but passenger …
Mon., July 17, 2017
Then and now: Hutton Building
Fueled by a lucky stake in a productive silver mine, Levi “Al” Hutton and May Arkwright built the Hutton building in 1906.
Wed., July 12, 2017, noon
Fairmount to dedicate new monument to Civil War veteran Friday
Civil War veteran and his wife are being honored with a monument at Fairmount Memorial Park
Mon., July 3, 2017, 6 a.m.
Then and Now: Stevens Street Extension
Before the 1960s, Stevens Street only went up the South Hill to Seventh Avenue, blocked by the cliff above and the expansive estate of Daniel Corbin, which was purchased by …
Mon., June 26, 2017
Then and now: Spokane Amateur Athletic Club
Spokane was booming in the 1890s, the population was growing rapidly and clubs, lodges and fraternal organizations were bursting at the seams. The Spokane Amateur Athletic Club organized in 1891 …
Sun., June 25, 2017
Spokane history found on the sidewalk looking up
A series of heritage walking tours is available to folks interested in the history of downtown buildings.
Mon., June 12, 2017
Then and now: Avista Stadium
Baseball has been a staple of summer entertainment in Spokane since the 1890s. Spokane baseball teams carried names like the Hawks, Bunchgrassers, Blue Stockings and Smoke Eaters. But in 1940, …
Mon., June 5, 2017
Then and now: Pratt Furniture
Entrepreneur Albert R. Pratt built a legacy in furniture in Spokane, in an area now incorporated into the River Park Square development.
Mon., May 29, 2017
Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden
In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, …