Then & Now galleries

Slideshows that compare historical photos with modern images.

1925 Indian Congress

In 1925, Native Americans from the Spokane region met in a large Indian Congress. The tribes set up tents and tepees in the Peaceful Valley area of downtown Spokane.

October 15, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Montgomery Ward Building

The Montgomery Ward building, designed by the department store’s team from Chicago, was built in 1929 and brought an elegance to shopping in downtown Spokane.

October 8, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Doerr Mitchell and Company

Doerr-Mitchell and Company, selling electrical and radio supplies, opened in Spokane in 1897. Although it moved from the Howard St. location early on, business grew rapidly.

October 1, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad

Trains combined with power from hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River became the first urban public transportation system in early Spokane.

September 24, 2012 12:00 a.m.

The Elks Club building

A century ago, the elk population in Spokane was booming. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, commonly known as the Elks Club, had almost 8000 members in Spokane, rivaling the largest groups in the country.

September 17, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Sept. 11 Then and Now

View a slide show of photos from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the present-day locations.

September 11, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Opportunity Township Hall

The Opportunity Township hall, a Spanish colonial-style building at 12114 E. Sprague, turns 100 years old this year and its current occupant, the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, will celebrate the centennial on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. with a short program and the burial of a time capsule.

September 10, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene

Until the 1960s, the waterfront in Coeur d’Alene served as a steamboat landing, a lumber mill, a sea plane dock, a train yard, an area of industrial warehouses and a log storage area. In the 1960s, the transformation to a tourist destination began in earnest.

September 3, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Cashup Davis Hotel on Steptoe Butte

James “Cashup” Davis, born in England in 1815, came to America 1840 to seek his fortune. His early success in the hospitality business led him to dream of a hotel perched atop Steptoe Butte, a rocky hill in the middle of the Palouse.

August 27, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Wall Street

Spokane’s downtown had everything. From its founding in the 1870s to the end of its industrial boom in 1910, people came downtown by streetcar, then buses, for groceries, hardware, clothing, doctor appointments and restaurants.

August 20, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Spokane river skyline

The 1955 photo shows a city in transition. By some measures, the post-WWII economy was still slowing following the vigorous expansion of early Spokane, circa 1890 to 1910. Although Spokane was the economic and industrial center of the region, its proud skyline, with the Paulsen Medical and Dental Building and the Old National Bank building seemed sculpted in another era. Trains still trundled in and out of the area around Spokane Falls, but transportation was changing as the automobile offered a new freedom. In just a few years, the idea for a world’s fair to revitalize downtown would take hold and the rails and train depots of old Spokane were swept away for Expo ‘74. The shoreline of the Spokane River was recontoured. Many structures from Expo are still in use, like the Washington State Pavilion, a gleaming modern theater which would become the INB Performing Arts Center.

August 13, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Baseball in Spokane

The history of professional baseball in Spokane.

August 6, 2012 12:00 a.m.

President Taft visit to Spokane

President William Howard Taft loved good food and there was no shortage of it during his visit to Spokane in 1909, which coincided with the National Apple Show.

July 30, 2012 12:00 a.m.

The New York Brewery

In the days before refrigerators, beer had to be made locally, often in the back of a saloon where it was sold. One of the first big breweries in Spokane was the New York Brewery, which opened in 1886 on the northwest corner of Washington and Front St., now called Spokane Falls Blvd.

July 23, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Eagle block

On the northwest corner of Riverside and Stevens, now a two story office buildings, was the Eagle block starting in 1888.

July 16, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Cliff Drive view

Cliff Drive was a popular spot for photographers to document the growth of early Spokane.

July 9, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Rex Theater

The Rex Theater, decorated with an elaborate rococo plaster facade, opened at 326 W. Riverside around 1908 as the Empire Theater offering light opera, vaudeville shows and first-run silent movies in the midst of Spokane’s bustling boom years.

July 2, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Glover Mansion

James Glover’s new home, designed by Kirtland Cutter, at 321 Eight Ave. cost $100,000 in 1888. In the economic panic of 1893, Glover lost most of his money and the house was taken by the bank.

June 25, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Murgittroyd’s Drug Store in the Peyton Building

The ground floor of Peyton building was Murgittroyd’s Drug Store in the early part of the 20th century. More recently is has been a series of restaurants.

June 18, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Davenport Hotel: Hall of Doges

The Hall of Doges was designed to emulate the elegance of Doge’s palace in Venice, Italy. Diners were transported into the world of Renaissance art and gilded scroll work. Developer Walt Worthy preserved the hall by crating it whole and removing it during the hotel’s refitting, then replacing it in 2001. Today it is a dining and meeting area outside the Grand Pennington ballroom.

June 11, 2012 12:00 a.m.