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Then and Now: Cushing Block

The onion dome on the 1890 Cushing Block, at Howard and Sprague, was an example of Moorish, also called Islamic, architecture of the era.

Then and Now: Bodie Block

The Bodie Block, now called the 1889 Building, is one of the oldest in Downtown Spokane, having been erected right after the 1889 great fire that leveled downtown Spokane.

Then and Now: Lindelle Block

The Lindelle Block, constructed in 1890, was financed by Lindon W. Bates, an engineer who worked for railroads in the 1880s an 1890s, but went on to worldwide fame for his dredging and waterways projects in America, Europe and Asia.

Then and Now: Greenacres depot

Frederick Blackwell's Coeur d'Alene and Spokane Railroad, which began rolling in 1903, moved mail, agricultural products and people through Spokane Valley, adding new life to the tiny depots along the way.

Then and Now: Schade Brewery

Prohibition, instituted in 1920, put a lot of brewers and distillers out of business, including Spokane brewmaster Bernhardt Schade.

Then and Now: Nine Mile Dam

Jay Graves and his partners in the streetcar and railroad business built the 1908 Nine Mile Dam on the Spokane River.

Then and Now: Madison building

Frank P. Hogan, born in Ireland in 1848, didn’t leave his name on much in Spokane. But he was a pivotal figure in the city’s growth.

Then and Now: Western Union Life Building

Architect Kirtland Cutter designed an elegant and sturdy brick building in the Dutch style for the Western Union Life Insurance company offices, which opened in 1910.

Then & Now: Havermale Island

Rev. Samuel Havermale was a Methodist preacher, adventurer and businessman. He was born in Maryland in 1824 and educated in Ohio and Illinois. He married Elizabeth Goldthrop in 1849, and after 24 years as a pastor in Illinois, the couple accepted a transfer to Walla Walla in the Washington Territory. While riding to Colville on a visit, the preacher stopped and gave a sermon in the tiny settlement of Spokan Falls in May 1875. He fell in love with the waterfalls and prairie lands around them.

Then & Now: Sperry Flour Mill

Austin Sperry founded the Sperry Flour Company in Stockton, California, around 1850. At that time, the gold rush miners were fed with flour shipped from South America and the East Coast. Sperry got his mill up and running and farmers there began to plant wheat. Sperry died in 1881, but the company continued to expand with his partners at the helm. Expansion slowed somewhat as capacity caught up with demand around 1910.

Then and Now: Then and Now: The nine Mendenhall siblings

Wayne and Paula Mendenhall were Republicans. The two Catholic converts, born in 1929 and 1932, respectively, had nine children over a 12-year period and went to John Birch Society meetings. Wayne drove truck for The Spokesman-Review, distributing newspapers around the region. When Paula Mendenhall saw that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater was coming to Spokane, the 34-year-old mother dressed her nine children in matching white sweatshirts bearing red felt letters of the candidate’s name. The kids wore the dark skirts and pants of their Catholic school uniforms. They piled into the family’s blue station wagon and went downtown for Goldwater’s Spokane campaign stop.