Stories tagged: then and now
Mon., May 22, 2017, midnight
Then and Now: The Powell-Sanders Building
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, midnight
Then and Now: Liberty Lake Golf Course clubhouse
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, midnight
Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden
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, midnight
Then and Now: Przemek Karnowski
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: Galax Hotel
Then and now offers a glimpse of Spokane as it was a century ago.
Mon., March 20, 2017, midnight
Then and Now: Flooding in Spokane – it’s been worse
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, midnight
Then and Now: Spokane Flower Growers Association
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.
Then and Now: the writing on the walls of the downtown railroad viaduct
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, midnight
Then and Now: Upper Falls Power Plant
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, midnight
Then and Now: Camp Caro
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.
Then and Now: The Spokane Boat Show had humble beginnings
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, midnight
Then and Now: The Fuller Building
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, midnight
Then and Now: Touraine Hotel
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, midnight
Then and Now: Manito duck pond
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, midnight
Then and Now: New Year’s Eve in Spokane
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.
Then and Now: Santa Claus
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, midnight
Then and Now: Then and Now: Howard Street Bridge
A look back at the Howard Street Bridge.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Downtown Spokane Christmas
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 …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Rosauers Supermarkets
In 1934, J.M. “Mert” Rosauer started what would become a 22-store supermarket chain with locations across the Northwest and Rockies.
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Spokane International Airport
At first, Spokane’s new airport was a Depression-era economic development project. Spokane County eventually bought 2 square miles on the West Plains in 1938 for a “super-airport” to be known …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Naborhood Dutch Shops
The Cambern brothers, raised on a farm in the Colbert area, were ambitious and industrious. Three of the six brothers – Robert, Cecil and Clifford – bought a small bakery …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, midnight
Spokane Valley’s University City Mall
Earl D. McCarthy left Washington State College in 1938, and started working for Sears and Roebuck and, later, the John W. Graham Co. McCarthy served in the Navy in World …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Railway Mail Terminal
The Railway Mail Terminal was built in 1913 to give the Postal Service more space to sort parcel post, when the agency began delivering packages as well as letters.
Mon., May 16, 2016, midnight
Then and Now: Fairmont Creamery’s Spokane plant
Fairmont Creamery was founded in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. Farmers brought their milk to the plant to be separated and sold the butter fat, then took the skimmed milk home …
Sun., Nov. 8, 2015, 7:57 p.m.
Then and Now: The Pine Shed Restaurant
Brothers Roy and Bill Wilks were raised in Virginia, and the boys joined their family on a homestead in Tekoa, Washington, in 1935. Elder brother Roy, born around 1916, started …
Mon., June 15, 2015, midnight
Then and Now: Unique Building housed Saad’s
Eli Saad was born in Beirut around 1885. Members of the Saad family always called themselves Syrian, because in that era, Beirut was part of Syria. In 1909, he arrived …
Mon., Jan. 5, 2015, midnight
Then and Now: Bohemian Breweries
Prohibition brought beer to a standstill in Spokane. There were five big breweries before the dry years, including the Galland-Burke, Schade and New York breweries. And at Second Avenue and …
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014, midnight
Then and Now: Falls City Block now a high-rise
Daniel H. Dwight came to Spokane Falls in 1887 and married Mary Willis, daughter of businessman W.G. Willis, who had started building the Falls City block in 1886. Just months …
Mon., June 23, 2014, 8:44 p.m.
One-time Shock coach now full-time family man
The well-traveled Chris Siegfried is a homebody these days. Home is Orlando, where the coach who helped make arena football an instant success in Spokane in 2006 is no longer …
Mon., June 16, 2014, midnight
Then and Now: Riverside and Howard once patrolled by father, then son
Charles Francis Cole and his son Denzil Howard Cole came to Spokane in 1905. Both became Spokane police officers and spent significant time patrolling and directing traffic on the corner …