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  • Then and Now photos: The fire of 1889

    It was a long, hot summer in 1889. Forest fires raged around the region, and Seattle had a catastrophic fire earlier that summer. But the bustling boom town of Spokane …


  • Then and Now photos: Monroe-Indiana intersection

    Not much is left from the early development at the intersection of Spokane’s Monroe Street, Indiana Avenue and Northwest Boulevard. Sturdy brick buildings have been replaced by restaurants and fast-food …


  • Then and Now: Spokane’s historic homes

    From elegant mansions to simple construction, Spokane’s historic homes provide an open window to the city’s past. It was a common practice in the early 20th century for local newspapers …


  • Then and Now: Cataldo’s legacy

    Joseph Cataldo was in frail health throughout his life, but he built an immense spiritual legacy across the Inland Northwest. Born in Sicily in 1837, the studious young Jesuit with …


  • Then and Now: Schade Brewery

    The Schade Brewery was among several to open around the turn of the 20th century to slake the thirst of working men in Spokane. German immigrant Bernhardt Schade arrived in …


  • Then and Now photos: Streetcar era

    Spokane’s streetcar era started in 1888 with the first horse-drawn cars riding on tracks to a new neighborhood: Browne’s Addition. Developers hoped new service would encourage families to move a …


  • Then and Now photos: Get the goods

    Although the first transcontinental railroad connected through Spokane in 1882, north-south travel was still laborious and slow, by saddle or in wagons, for long trips to places like Colville and …


  • Then and Now photos: Horse slaughter

    In 1858, Eastern Washington was still closed to outside settlement, but hardy trappers, prospectors and traders traversed the region. After Indians killed two prospectors, Lt. Col. Edward Steptoe was sent …


  • Then and Now photos: Paulsen’s place

    The 1908 photo shows the Granite Block at far left, next to the newly completed August Paulsen building. Paulsen, a Danish immigrant, arrived in Spokane in 1892. He immediately began …


  • Then and Now photos: War and peace

    When war broke out in Europe in 1914, Americans began debating the idea of preparedness. Some, like Theodore Roosevelt, advocated expanding the military in anticipation of the spreading conflict. President …


  • Then and Now photos: North Division Street

    Before bridges crossed the gorge in the 1880s, the Spokane River was a challenging obstacle for people on the north side of the Spokane. Some hardy homesteaders lived on the …


  • Then and Now photos: Riverside Avenue

    Imagine a newcomer to Spokane stepping off a train in 1928 and turning west onto Riverside Avenue at Monroe Street and taking in the panoply of buildings that rival the …


  • Then and Now photos: Hillyard

    In 1892, James J. Hill, the architect and president of the Great Northern Railroad, arrived in Spokane. He told a newspaper reporter: “I am coming here to get your business …


  • Then and Now photos: Playfair track

    Ever since humans managed to shinny onto the back of a horse, riders have wanted to race. Endurance, flat-track, harness and steeplechase racing became popular in many different cultures around …


  • Then and Now photos: Otis Orchards

    Settlers William and Johanna Pringle homesteaded in eastern Spokane County in 1883, near a railroad stop called Otis. In 1903, Mark Mendenhall and Laughlin MacLean contracted to use a drainage …


  • Then and Now photos: The Rookery

    Francis Cook, publisher of the Tacoma Herald newspaper, was lured to Spokane in 1879 by the offer of free land from city father James N. Glover. He was offered the …


  • Then & Now: Service stations popular until 1970s

    There were cars before the advent of the gas station. Early fuel stops were general stores where a motorist could fill a gas can. The debut of Ford’s Model T …


  • Then and Now photos: Spokane Valley

    When white immigrants began settling permanently in the Spokane area in the 1870s, it was a particularly hardscrabble group who chose the rural Spokane Valley to eke out a meager …


  • Then and Now: Dennis Phillips

    Basketball enabled 1968 Ferris graduate Dennis Phillips an opportunity to circle the globe as a player; to become a coach, educator and administrator privy to the mire of collegiate sports. …


  • Then and Now photos: A city is born

    Spokane’s story began on the corner of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard. Original settlers James Downing and Seth Scranton drove the first surveyor’s stake there in 1871. It was …


  • Then and Now photos: Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk

    Kelly Olynyk was described by this newspaper in 2009 as “a versatile Canadian capable of playing several positions.” It was but one line in a look ahead to the 2009-10 …


  • Then and Now photos: Drive-in departs, restaurant remains

    The invention of the automobile changed everyday life in small and large ways. Independent travel, instead of horses, buggies or trains, became the norm. Travelers needed gas, convenient food and …


  • Then and Now photos: Downtown still stacks up

    The twin stacks of the Central Steam Plant were completed in 1916 by the Merchants Central Heating Co. The 225-foot stacks used 333,340 bricks and extended above the elegant facility …


  • Then and Now: Operation Walkout

    In 1954, the nuclear bomb was on everyone’s mind. Would the Russians attack without warning? Spokane was chosen as the first city in the nation to attempt a complete evacuation …


  • Then and Now photos: The Mint bar

    During Spokane’s boom era of the 1880s through the early 20th century, downtown Spokane was packed with workers, mainly men, living in single-resident occupancy buildings, called SRO hotels, when not …


  • Then and Now photos: Hazelwood Farms

    Spokane’s Hazelwood Farms was a leading Northwest dairy business when its founders, David and George Brown and John L. Smith, decided to subdivide and sell off their land holdings on …


  • Then and Now photos: Sunset Highway

    In the 19th century, east-west travel across Washington was on unsurfaced, ungraded roads. Routes were mostly military wagon trails like the Mullan Road and the Naches Pass Road. But railroad …


  • Then and Now photos: The Pavilion

    Spokane’s Expo ’74 continues to recede in the rear-view mirror, but the silhouette of the former United States Pavilion reminds us of that glorious summer of exhibitions, concerts, rides, famous …


  • Then and Now photos: Coeur d’Alene waterfront

    The natives of the region, who called themselves the Schee-Chu-Umsh, lived and camped around Lake Coeur d’Alene for many generations before the first white men, likely French explorers or trappers, …


  • Then and Now photos: Post Street Bridge

    In 1880, a vote was held to decide the seat of newly created Spokane County. Cheney and Spokane Falls, both important railroad towns, wanted it. Spokane was declared the winner, …

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