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Then and Now: Railway Mail Terminal

The facility on Havermale Island prior to Expo '74 was indicative of the push to move mail by rail in the early 20th century, even as would-be thieves targeted trains. 

Falling into fall: Where to go to view the area and season’s vibrant colors

Autumn glows in the Inland Northwest. You can thank our region's variety of trees with leaves morphing into vivid hues of yellow, orange and red – typically peaking mid-October. We have another bounty: Plenty of places for families to go on walking or driving tours to view all those fall colors.

Joshua Martel scores mural at Riverfront Park Sports Complex

Spokane Arts has made a selection for the 2021 Hooptown USA outdoor basketball court mural project located at Riverfront Park. Local mural artist Joshua Martel will be the painter for the mural at the multi-court complex, which is still under construction at the North Bank of the park.

Running Tab: New on the menu – a pastrami taco, aka a tacastrami?

I have always been an avid fan of inventive fusion cuisine, when two dissimilar items or categories of food are joined in harmony. Think Japanese and Italian, eggs and/or peanut butter on cheeseburgers and kimchi with fried rice.Now add pastrami and tacos to that list – a tacastrami taco, to be exact.

Then and Now: Riverfront Park after Expo ‘74

While organizers were planning a world's fair in the early 1970s, boosters were also pitching the idea of a natural downtown playground that would be left in its wake. That idea became Riverfront Park. 

‘No Pepsi, Coke’: Spokane Parks Department looking to switch soft drink allegiances with new contract

Pepsi has had an exclusive deal with the Spokane Parks Department since 2003. On Thursday, after a competitive bidding process that began late last year, the Spokane Park Board agreed to a new five-year deal with Coca-Cola that will bring the drink-maker's beverages to city golf courses, Manito and Riverfront parks and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in the coming months as attractions reopen following the coronavirus pandemic. 

Then and Now: John Deere building

The location of the downtown John Deere warehouse in Spokane, built in 1910, was tied to the railroads in the city's urban center. The arrival of the World's Fair in 1974 led to the realignment of those railroads, and the John Deere building was used for storage and staging during Expo '74. 

March 2 arrest in Riverfront Park

Police body camera video shows a March 2, 2020 arrest of Corey West by Spokane Police where apparently one or more officers put their weight on the man's upper back and neck area. The case came to light because a bystander snapped a photo and shared it with the media. The bystander heard the man say he couldn't breathe.

Then and Now: Echo Roller Mill

Samuel G. Havermale, for whom the island in Riverfront Park is named, built the first roller mill in Washington Territory in 1883. It was torn down in 1927 to make way for the railroad.