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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Modern Automobile Schools

At their busiest, the school claimed it only took eight weeks to train a mechanic. Many early students were young men from farms who took the training then went back to farming.

Then and Now: Museum of Native American Cultures

The Pacific Northwest Indian Center (PNIC), a slightly conical cylindrical structure meant to pay tribute to the Native American tipi, began construction in 1968 near Gonzaga University.

Then and Now: Safeway stores

The first Safeway store using that name opened in an art deco building at Olympic Avenue and Market Street, in Hillyard, around 1931. 

Then and Now: Downriver bridge

The Downriver bridge opened in 1928, replacing at least two former bridges on the site that were inadequate for traffic to the nearby Army base. The current span, the T.J. Meenach Bridge, was completed in 1994. 

Then and Now: Irving School

Named for historian and writer Washington Irving, the building stood on the lower South Hill from 1890 to 1973. It once housed the city's first school for the deaf. 

Then and Now: Tracks to Union Station

Robert E. Strahorn earned his nickname "the sphinx" because unlike other railroad boosters of his day, the man said little of his plans. Strahorn organized the construction of the Union Station, which opened Sept. 14, 1914. 

Then and Now: Banks on Riverside Avenue

Regional banks have lined Riverside Avenue for decades, but many have switched names or folded entirely in that time. A photo from 1973 demonstrates changes in the banking industry in Spokane. 

Then and Now: West End Drug

West End Drug store was a fixture at West First Avenue and Monroe Street from 1927 to 1965. 

Then and Now: Latah Creek Bridge

The Latah Creek bridge, also known as the Sunset Boulevard bridge, was built after the Monroe Street Bridge in downtown and features a similar design. It was constructed in large part due to booming wheat farming in central Washington and more motorist interest in traveling to Seattle.

Then and Now: South channel

From drinking water to electricity generation to Expo ‘74, the south channel of Spokane River has fed the region’s growth and boasts a history of prominent names in development, including James Glover and Washington Water Power. Now the channel is surrounded by a redesigned Riverfront Park.

Then and Now: The Milwaukee Road freight office

In 1909, The Milwaukee Road became the third transcontinental railroad to connect through Spokane to Seattle. Expansion of its electric routes in the West cost the railroad company dearly and led to multiple bankruptcies, including its final such filing in 1977.

Then and Now: Broadview Dairy

Allen H. Flood, born in 1854 and the grandson of Revolutionary War soldiers, moved to Washington from Maine in 1889 for work. He worked very hard, driving oxen in lumber camps, laying out roads as a surveyor and working on farms. He started his own dairy herds in 1893 and eventually opened the Broadview Dairy, with several hundred cows on farms in Marshall and Rosalia. With his sons Frank and Edmund, Flood incorporated and prospered, building the large brick building on Washington Street for $35,000 in 1907. Milk was delivered to homes by horse-drawn wagons until the late 1920s, when they switched to trucks. The dairy had a nearby stable of 65 horses for delivery and Flood told The Spokesman-Review that horses were cheaper and better for delivering milk because a horse could be trained to walk the driverless wagon down the block while a milk man ran from door to door. “You can’t teach even the best automobiles to do that,” Flood said.