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Thursday, July 9, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: End of streetcar era

As Spokane moved beyond a dusty gathering of houses to a small city, with people living beyond walking distance of downtown businesses, transportation became an issue. Not everyone could keep a horse, or horses, at suburban homes. So entrepreneurs conceived of public transit to get workers from their outlying homes to downtown stores, offices and factories.