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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 …


Then and Now: The Brownstone Building

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 …


Then and Now: Jensen-Byrd Hardware

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.

Emily Westerberg, Aubree Johnson remain close as sisters

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.”


Then and Now: Felts Field

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.

Then and Now: After haunting by ‘huge, gray bat,’ mob ransacks north Spokane home

The year was 1930, scarce days before Halloween, and curiosity whirled about the house at 29 East Lacrosse Ave.


Then and Now: The long banking history of Riverside and Howard

The southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Howard Street has been the epicenter of the Spokane banking business for more than 120 years.


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.


Then and Now: Spokane Humane Society

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating 120 years of caring for animals. Businessman W.S. McCrea, and others, helped start the SHS in 1897.


Then and Now: Cascade steam laundry

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 …


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.


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. …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


Then and Now: Then and Now: Howard Street Bridge

A look back at the Howard Street Bridge.


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 …