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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.
In the early years of its history, the Monroe Street Bridge was surrounded by businesses that included breweries, flour mills and electricity generation.
Bloomsday started in 1977 with a field of 1,198 runners. Before that, runners competed in the 6-mile Spokane Road Race on the hilly roads of Glenrose and Moran prairies. This year will mark the first time Bloomsday has not taken place on the first Sunday in May, with the road race pushed to Sept. 20 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Now the site of the Kendall Yards mixed use development, the area northwest of downtown Spokane and the river was once home to the Union Pacific rail yard. The railroad moved out of the area in 1955, but development of new housing, retail and commercial businesses did not proceed in earnest until after the economic downturn of 2008.
The city built the concrete East Olive Avenue Bridge, now the East Trent Bridge, with city laborers and completed it in 1910 for more than $100,000.
The J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. bought the building at the corner of Boone Avenue and Monroe Street in 1909, and would remain there until moving operations to the West Plains in 1967. Today, the building houses outdoor retailer REI.
The size of Spokane County’s jail has been a political question since at least the late 1930s. The current Public Safety Building was built in 1970 to relieve the stress on the old county and municipal jails.
Eastern Washington’s largest mall began as a cluster of shops surrounding an Albertson’s grocery store in the 1950s. Today, it houses a movie theater and several remaining department stores after years attracting businesses away from the downtown core.
Named for a pharmaceutical warehouse built on the corner of Sprague and Howard in the 1890s, the Chemical Block was home to several businesses before being demolished in 1960 to build a parking garage for a nearby bank.
The Jensen-Byrd warehouse on Main Avenue was first built as a storage facility for the Marshall-Wells Company in 1909. Today, it’s part of the WSU campus in the University District.
Spokane’s streetcars wound their way through town from 1887 to 1936. Today, the old barn at Boone and Cedar is part of the maintenance facilities for Spokane County.
City Engineer A.M. Eschbach called Freya on the South Hill as “one of the most excessive grades in the city.” The solution was to use Thor Street and tie it into Ray Street between 11th and 14th Avenues, which was completed in 1966.
Spokane police patches and badges sport the date 1884, but a town marshal, Eugene Hyde, was on duty three years previously. It’s taken a dedicated band of historians, including the late Tony Bamonte, to correct the error.
Tony Bamonte, a prolific local historian and the three-term Pend Oreille County sheriff who unearthed evidence of a police cover-up in the murder of the Newport town marshal 54 years after the crime, died Thursday. He was 77.
The Velox Naval Supply Depot got its name from a famous racehorse in the 1890s, Harry Velox. Now the 530-acre property, near Sullivan Road and Trent Avenue, is a business park.
The expansion of federal government agencies during the Great Depression prompted a search for more office space in Spokane. The 1909 Post Office was expanded in 1941.
The second-largest dairy in the country began in Spokane with the 1888 arrival of two brothers, George and David Brown.
Miners in the Coeur d’Alene mining district got a boost in pay from $4.25 to $4.75 per shift. The move was announced at a meeting of the principal operators in Wallace, Idaho.
A key chapter in the history of Post Falls Dam begins with Frederick Post, a German immigrant who trained as a millwright and settled in Idaho in 1871.
The strike of 500 Spokane teamsters and chauffeurs is off. An agreement to end the week-old strike means the men will return to work the next day.