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  • Then and Now photos: Eagle Block

    The Hotel Arthur – later the Hotel Raymond – anchored Spokane’s Eagle Block. The original 1888 building was in the path of the 1889 inferno, but railroad builder Daniel Corbin, …


  • Then and Now photos: Paulsen Building

    Cliff Drive was a popular spot for photographers to document the growth of early Spokane. Prominent in the center of the 1908 picture is the August Paulsen Building, the tallest …


  • Then and Now photos: Rex Theater

    The Rex Theater, decorated with an elaborate rococo plaster facade, opened at 326 W. Riverside Ave. around 1908 as the Empire Theater. It offered light opera, vaudeville shows and first-run …


  • How West was won – on horseback

    As long as she can remember, Jane Proctor has loved horses. She loves to look at horses. She loves hanging around them. Most of all, she loves to ride them. …


  • Then and Now photos: Glover Mansion

    James Nettle Glover arrived in Spokan Falls from Oregon in 1873, and he used the Land Act of 1820 to gain title to the town site originally settled by James …


  • Then and Now photos: Murgittroyd’s

    Murgittroyd’s, at right in the top photo, was the prototype of the modern drugstore. According to “The Pioneer Drug Store” by David Bethman, William Hiram Murgittroyd was born in 1867 …


  • Then and Now: Hall of Doges

    Louis Davenport opened Davenport’s Restaurant in 1890 at the corner of Post Street and Sprague Avenue. It expanded with its popularity, taking over the whole building. Davenport also bought the …


  • Then and Now: Courthouse view

    Thousands of photographs are shot every day in Spokane with digital cameras, cellphones and webcams, but when Charles Libby opened his photo studio with his sister Addie in 1898, photographs …


  • Then and Now: Courthouse jail

    In the older photo, Sheriff Christopher C. Dempsey may have been preparing for the execution of Gin Pong, who was convicted of a gruesome hatchet murder. The Spokesman-Review reported Pong …


  • Then and Now: Morris Block

    The Morris Block was built on the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Post Street in 1890, in the wake of Spokane’s fire of 1889. The Great Eastern building, above …


  • Akifumi Kato: A jockey’s odyssey

    Those who remember horse racing in Spokane, remember Playfair Race Course. And those who remember Playfair, probably recall Akifumi Kato, the jockey who, strictly speaking, became the most successful rider …


  • Then and Now: Auditorium Theater, demolished in 1934

    The Auditorium Theater highlighted Spokane as the outpost of culture on the western plains. The building’s owners, John Browne and Anthony Cannon, arrived in the dusty village of Spokan Falls …


  • Then and Now: Bloomsday

    The Lilac Bloomsday Run welcomed runners and walkers for the 36th time this year, a long way from its modest start. Encouraged by the mayor and bolstered by sponsors and …


  • Then and Now: Gonzaga’s former football stadium

    In the photo above, Gonzaga University’s football stadium dominates the east side of the campus. Before World War II, the university had a pretty good run as a football school. …


  • ‘Hoss’ rides high

    Gregg Smith has been called a lot of things over the years. During his playing career on Eastern Washington University’s basketball team, the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Smith had the nickname “Hoss” …


  • Then and Now: Former EWU Eagle Gregg Smith

    Gregg Smith has been called a lot of things over the years. During his playing career on Eastern Washington University’s basketball team, the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Smith had the nickname “Hoss” …


  • Then and Now photos: Riverfront Park

    Although explorers, traders and missionaries had traveled on horseback through the area since the early 1800s, the first white settlement at Spokane Falls was in 1871. James Glover built a …


  • Then and Now photos: Historic City Hall

    The Spokane City Hall erected in 1894 at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism of a plains boomtown, and then fell victim to its success. It cost $165,000 to …


  • Hatley leaves his mark on game

    The hard part is Sunday. That’s the day that reminds Reid Hatley what might have been. That’s the day his old roommate, Ricky Barnes, might be contending with one of …


  • Then and Now photos: Spokane Middle Falls

    The Spokane Middle Falls circa 1888: The wooden structure at the lower left is an early Spokane water works, which likely featured water turbine to drive pumps to get the …


  • Then and Now: Ready for war

    In the days following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Spokane began preparing for the next major attack. Spokane radio stations went off the air so enemy aircraft couldn’t follow …


  • They’re still tight

    For half a decade, the Hepton name was synonymous with success at Central Valley. From Courtney’s first basketball season as a sophomore in 1989-90 through Kristin’s senior season in 1993-94, …


  • Then & Now: CV’s Hepton sisters

    For half a decade, the Hepton name was synonymous with success at Central Valley. From Courtney’s first basketball season as a sophomore in 1989-90 through Kristin’s senior season in 1993-94, …


  • Then and Now: Dairy dreams

    Brothers George and David Brown wanted to make it big in the butter business. They journeyed to Spokane in 1888 and formed Hazelwood Farms, named after their father’s farm in …


  • Then and Now: Monroe Street

    The year 1891 was monumental for the town of Spokane Falls, which voted to change its name to Spokane – perhaps to sound more sophisticated and less rustic. Electricity was …


  • Then and Now photos: City Market

    An advertisement in a 1911 edition of the Spokane Chronicle declared that the City Market, at Second Avenue and Stevens Street, was built for the “economical housekeepers of Spokane.” The …


  • Then and Now photos: Loma Vista homes

    Homes were selling fast in the Loma Vista neighborhood in North Spokane in 1950. New schools, including Madison, Adams and Hamilton, were being built. The Spokesman-Review reported that year that …


  • Then and Now photos: Review Tower

    The Rev. Thomas G. Watson, a Presbyterian missionary from Waukesha, Wis., stepped off a train in Spokan Falls, as Spokane was then known, in 1883 to start a new church …


  • Then and Now: Empire start

    When the office block was built on the southwest corner of Lincoln Street and Riverside Avenue in 1900, it was named the Empire State Building in honor of New Yorker …


  • Then & Now: Lisa Comstock-Schultz

    When Eastern Washington University’s diminutive point guard Chene Cooper this year became the women’s basketball all-time assist leader at the school, she broke a record that had stood for more …

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