Stories tagged: then and now
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
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.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5 a.m.
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.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
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.
Mon., Aug. 14, 2017
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 …
Mon., June 5, 2017
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.
Mon., May 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Then and Now: Then and Now: Howard Street Bridge
A look back at the Howard Street Bridge.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 …