Stories tagged: then and now
Mon., Sept. 10, 2018
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 …
Mon., March 26, 2018
Built in 1910, the Brownstone Apartments was an elegant, three-story building. At that time, Spokane was booming and workers needed housing. Third Avenue, still on the outskirts of downtown, was …
Mon., March 5, 2018
Oliver C. Jensen, Danish by birth, founded a hardware store in Sprague, Washington in 1883. A decade later, he partnered with Charles King to become Jensen-King Hardware.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
There is every reason to be jealous of Emily Westerberg and Aubree Johnson. It’s not the two state basketball championships and countless accolades both won, Westerberg at Central Valley and …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 8:24 p.m.
Former Gonzaga Prep, Washington State standout Travis Long hasn’t forgotten his time with the Philadelphia Eagles
When Travis Long talks about the Philadelphia Eagles, he still uses the first-person plural. As in, “We had some good people.”
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
Spokane’s Felts Field is one of the oldest municipal, federally recognized airports. The historic airport also played a key role in the development of scheduled passenger service across the country.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
The year was 1930, scarce days before Halloween, and curiosity whirled about the house at 29 East Lacrosse Ave.
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
The southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Howard Street has been the epicenter of the Spokane banking business for more than 120 years.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5 a.m.
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.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating 120 years of caring for animals. Businessman W.S. McCrea, and others, helped start the SHS in 1897.
Mon., Aug. 14, 2017
If you were an early settler of the American west, having clean clothes to wear everyday was a luxury. Some of the first businesses in Spokane Falls in the 1880s …
Mon., June 5, 2017
Entrepreneur Albert R. Pratt built a legacy in furniture in Spokane, in an area now incorporated into the River Park Square development.
Mon., May 22, 2017
Edward L. Powell was 11 years old when his family moved west by covered wagon from Ohio to Oregon in 1862. After studying civil engineering, he worked for the railroad. …
Mon., April 17, 2017
Liberty Lake, a recreation destination for local residents as early as 1900, was named for Etienne Eduard La Liberte, a mail carrier and guide for the U.S. Army.
Mon., April 10, 2017
Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s …
Mon., April 3, 2017
When the seven-foot kid from Torun, Poland arrived at Gonzaga University to play basketball in 2012, he made an immediate impact. The previous season wasn’t bad, with a 25-10 record …
UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
Then and now offers a glimpse of Spokane as it was a century ago.
Mon., March 20, 2017
As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have …
Mon., March 13, 2017
The Washington Flower Growers Association organized around 1925 to help a dozen or more Spokane and Idaho greenhouse operators market and ship their flowers to florists and stores around the …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5 a.m.
In 1990, the Spokane Arts Commission and Central Business Association teamed up to cover the walls of the downtown railroad viaduct with murals – instead of graffiti.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017
David Lynde Huntington, born in 1870, arrived in Spokane to take an engineering job with W.W.P. in 1894. Within two years, he was managing the day-to-day operations as well as …
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017
Now part of the Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro has a long history of serving Girl Scouts, church members and youth groups.
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 6 a.m.
The Spokane Outboard Club formed in 1954 with just a handful of families who wanted to socialize and share their love of boating.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
The Spokane Elks Club was established in 1892 with 45 charter members. In the heady days of Spokane’s boom era, the local club grew to be one of the larger …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017
Sylvester Heath, born in 1847 in Indiana, arrived in Spokane in 1879 at the age of 32 and ready to do business. Heath homesteaded north of the river in the …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017
Francis Cook came to Spokane from Tacoma in 1879 to run the town’s first newspaper, The Spokan Times. It would be a few years before the town name included an …
Mon., Dec. 26, 2016
New Year’s Eve in Spokane was a little more festive after the Davenport Hotel opened in September 1914. It was the culmination of many years of planning by restaurateur Louis …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
Santa Claus, the icon of American Christmas, came from several different sources. The story began with Bishop Nicholas, a fourth-century saint who lived in what is now Turkey.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016
A look back at the Howard Street Bridge.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016
A life-size Santa statue in a Philadelphia store in 1841 is said to have spawned the tradition of live Santa Claus characters at stores, malls and special events. As Christmas …