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July 2, 2018, midnight
Since James Glover rode up to the Spokane Falls in 1873 and made a deal to buy out the two squatters on the land around the falls, there has been an informal competition to build bigger, taller, and more impressive structures than had existed before.
June 25, 2018, midnight
Agnes McDonald (1865-1961) was one of Spokane’s most colorful characters. She was only 35 when her husband, a wealthy mining investor, died, leaving her with two sons to raise. His investments left her comfortably well off.
June 11, 2018, midnight
In the bustling post-war era, Spokane produced a cadre of elite young architects who challenged and pushed each other with every project. That competition produced many notable features in the city, including the 1959 Washington Water Power building.
May 21, 2018, midnight
James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.
May 14, 2018, midnight
Brothers Albert P. and William M. Wolverton, ages 25 and 31, arrived in the frontier town of Spokane Falls in 1880 and paid $350 for a lot on the northeast corner of Riverside Avenue and Wall Street. There they completed the two-story, later three-story, Wolverton block, which holds the distinction as the first brick building in Spokane, in 1881. They started a hardware store together.
May 7, 2018, midnight
The first Monroe Street bridge, built by Spokane Cable Railway and partners, cost $42,000 and opened in 1889. Two other iterations followed, the last being the concrete bridge we see today, with four small pavilions designed by Kirtland Cutter.
April 23, 2018, midnight
In the chilly morning of Dec. 18, 1915, the steel-framed 1892 Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy water.
March 26, 2018, midnight
Built in 1910, the Brownstone Apartments was an elegant, three-story building. At that time, Spokane was booming and workers needed housing. Third Avenue, still on the outskirts of downtown, was lined with apartments and single-family homes.
March 19, 2018, midnight
Nick Mamer, born in 1898, learned to fly at 18 in San Diego and served in France in the U.S. Army Air Service during WWI. He shot down three enemy aircraft and survived his own fiery crash. The French awarded him the Croix de Guerre.
Feb. 26, 2018, midnight
Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early 1930s, he had switched gears from restauranteur to club owner, and was running the hottest jazz joint in town.
Jan. 29, 2018, midnight
The Washington Market, built in 1911, was a clothing store before turning over groceries around 1914. Typical of the era, space was leased to a mix of independent dealers selling meat, produce, dairy and other specialities, such as tea and coffee, or candy.