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100 years ago in Spokane: Jitneys undercut new 6-cent streetcar fare

Spokane’s jitneys – private autos and vans that carried paying customers – were prepared to undercut the new 6-cent streetcar fare and continue to charge only 5 cents.


100 years ago in Spokane: City commissioners turn down deal calling for streetcar fare increase

Spokane’s streetcar crisis entered a new phase when the city commissioners (city council) refused to approve a compromise deal calling for a one-cent fare increase to six cents.


100 years ago in Spokane: Seven-cent streetcar fare looms on the city

Spokane was rising up against what it deemed an economic outrage: the seven-cent streetcar fare.


100 years ago in Spokane: As private car ownership rises, so does the cost for a streetcar ride

Streetcar fares in Spokane were likely to go up from a nickel to seven cents, after being granted approval for such an increase by the Public Service Commission.


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 …


A direct line to the past: The streetcars of San Francisco

“San Francisco’s past isn’t just frozen in an old picture or sitting in a museum,” says Ed Reiskin, the transportation agency’s director of transportation. “You can actually get on and …


Then and Now: End of the streetcar era

On December 17, 1886, J.J. Browne, Henry C. Marshall and A.J. Ross incorporated the Spokane Street Railway company to build the rails and operate streetcars. The first priority was to …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mom organizes book donations for soldiers in Alaska

Mrs. C.A. Russell of Spokane had a son, Private Robert Russell, serving in Fort Gibbons, Alaska. Through him, she learned that some 200 soldiers, stationed at isolated stations in the …


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 …


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.


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, …


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …