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A body pulled from the Spokane River over the weekend near Division Street is that of Richard G. Coffee, a 56-year-old man reported missing in May, the Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled.
The 1915 collapse of Spokane’s Division Street bridge convinced the young city it had to take better care of its bridges, and build them with concrete instead of steel.
From our archives, 100 years ago The auto was still relatively new, but people in Spokane already were concerned about gas gouging.
Spokane was debating two large bond issues. The first was for rebuilding many of the city’s bridges with new concrete structures. This was prompted by the fatal collapse of the Division Street bridge the year before.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Police Department was entering a new era by hiring the first woman police officer.
From our archives, 100 years ago Four experts examined the wreckage of the Division Street Bridge, in which five people were killed, and blamed “granulation or crystallization of one of the chord bars,” or what would today be termed metal fatigue.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Division Street Bridge collapse, which killed five, dominated the news the day after the disaster.
From our archives, 100 years ago One of the deadliest accidents in Spokane history occurred when the Division Street Bridge collapsed into the icy Spokane River just after 6 a.m.
Spokane parks officials today will ask the city’s hearing examiner to approve a shoreline permit for a new access ramp for kayaks and small nonmotorized craft along the Centennial Trail at the Division Street Bridge. A public hearing will be at 9 a.m. today in the Council Briefing Center in the lower level of City Hall.