Digital copies of historic pages of The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Daily Chronicle during the great fires of 1910. Click the "Full Screen" button for a better view.
Today, we can imagine the smoke – thick and suffocating. We can fathom the flames – causing mountains and towns to glow red at midnight. We can even imagine the heat, enough to peel paint off boxcars. Yet there's one thing the survivors said was impossible for anyone to imagine: The roar.
For three days in August 1910, the mining town of Wallace, Idaho, was at the epicenter of national news.