Stories tagged: streetcars
Sat., May 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport Hotel’s barbershop refuses to raise prices; streetcar cleaners on strike replaced
The largest barbershop in town – the Davenport Hotel barbershop – refused to raise its prices in accord with the other barbershops in town. The rest of them, under pressure …
Sun., May 8, 2016, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar bandit takes hostages and uses them as human shields
From our archives, 100 years ago It looked like police were about to finally nab the streetcar bandit who had been terrorizing Spokane’s trolley lines for weeks.
Fri., Jan. 8, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Facing competition from the Uber of the day, streetcar companies announce merger
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s streetcar companies were in a slump, partly because of the steep rise in auto ownership, and partly because of competition from the jitneys, …
Sun., Dec. 20, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Cause emerges for Division Street Bridge collapse
From our archives, 100 years ago Four experts examined the wreckage of the Division Street Bridge, in which five people were killed, and blamed “granulation or crystallization of one of …
Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds swarm scene of Division Street bridge collapse
From our archives, 100 years ago The Division Street Bridge collapse, which killed five, dominated the news the day after the disaster.
Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: 5 killed when Divison Street bridge collapses with two streetcars on top
From our archives, 100 years ago One of the deadliest accidents in Spokane history occurred when the Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy Spokane River just after 6 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 24, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Champion wrestler goes to the mat with police
From our archives, 100 years ago Frank Glahe, a 115-pound American amateur champion wrestler, had to apologize to several police officers for an impromptu wrestling bout the night before.
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane City Council was preparing an ordinance that would solve the jitney bus problem by requiring all operators to pay a city license …
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago A century before the era of Uber, Spokane was trying to deal with a new and unlicensed form of public transportation – the jitney …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2012
Public transit turned Spokane into urban center
The streetcar parade of 1936 marked the end of an era and showed that Spokane held its lumbering streetcars in great affection even as the public bus, more versatile and …