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Parting Shot: Railroads vs paved roads

1943: Motorcycle police helped to escort ambulances and buses under the Northern Pacific Railway and on to Baxter Hospital in June 1943. The convoy carrying wounded soldiers from World War II was headed north on Division Street at Trent Avenue. Jesse Tinsley, SR

The Spokane River cut Spokane in half, complicating the work of the town’s first settlers. Once bridges were built, though, development went swiftly.

In the early years of the 20th century, another complication arose: railroad tracks. Speeding east-west trains on the rails between First and Second avenues downtown halted traffic, caused some terrible collisions and made urban travel a headache. The same was true along Trent Avenue to the north. More here.

Then & Now: Roosevelt School

Stebbijo writes: “I have a series of photos I took as a kid in 1977 of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I have them in my photo gallery, here. I rarely if at all remember doing this, however, I wrote on the back of the photos, so I must have done it. An old friend saved some stuff, I left behind from many moons ago, and it all just recently made it back into my hands. I am going to locate each building and street and do a before and after. This before and after is of Roosevelt School. Notice the excellent renovations.” More here.

Question: Which old Coeur d'Alene area building is your favorite?

Then & Now: Coeur d’Alene Changes

Do you remember the short-lived McDonalds Express restaurant on Sherman Avenue in days gone by. The Eagles building, I believe, separated it from Hudson's hamburgers. Obviously, Hudson's continues to make great hamburgers while McDonalds closed shop fairly quickly. SR photog buddy Jesse Tinsley has posted his first “then-and-now” slide show for Coeur d'Alene. Many of you know that Jesse worked in North Idaho for several years before being assigned to the downtown Spokane office. Jesse says he plans to compile then-and-now shows periodically, as he gets to Coeur d'Alene to shoot updates. Quoth: “Because I have been at the paper for over 20 years now, it seemed like a good idea to go back and  back and pull some photos and update them.”  Check out what took McDonalds place.

  • Also: SR staff compiled a then-and-now slide show featuring the aftermath of the tsunami catastrophe in Japan to the tornado destruction in Alabama and other southern states here.

Then & Now: Scott McGlocklin

Here’s a Then & Now feature I did on former Mead football standout Scott McGlocklin that will run in Tuesday’s newspaper. You can read it here. McGlocklin is pictured above at his office at Bouten Construction where he’s a project manager.