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100 years ago in Spokane: Locomotive shop men in Hillyard launch strike

The strike was in support of a nationwide labor push to raise wages for railway mechanics. More Hillyard workers, including the car carpenters and other craftsmen, were scheduled to walk …


100 Years Ago Today: Railway inspector injured in derailment in Northport; Spokane agrees dynamite Fourth of July

E.H. Lewis made a critical mistake after crossing a railroad bridge with his car.


100 years ago in Spokane: AAA seeks to debunk ‘desert stunt’ of western travel

A Western AAA official debunked the notion, prevalent among drivers in the East and Midwest, that driving through the West was lonely and perilous.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

100 years ago in Montana: Arson suspected in loss of 23 Great Northern Railway freight cars

The Great Northern Railway lost 23 freight cars to arson in one day, and authorities suspected that it might be the work of the Wobblies. The fires broke out simultaneously …


100 years ago in Spokane: As men leave to serve in World War I, women fill railroad jobs at home

The notion of “women’s work” was expanding in Spokane, due to a wartime shortage of male workers. “Women have begun replacing men” in the Northern Pacific rail car shots in …


100 years ago in Spokane County: Deputies discover cache of booze snuck in from Montana tossed from trains

From our archive, 100 years ago Spokane sheriff deputies found a cache of 250 quarts of liquor in a snowbank next to the Great Northern railroad tracks near Colbert.


Painted rail cars keep Hillyard on track to realize heritage park

A longtime dream of building a Hillyard Hobo Park with history museum is increasingly taking shape.


100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper predicts Spokane will be center of the great electrified railroad system

From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was dreaming of a new, powerful future for Spokane as the center of a great electrified railroad system.


100 years ago near Glacier National Park: Spokane brakeman, 3 ‘hoboes’ injured in train wreck

From our archives, 100 years ago A Great Northern brakeman and three “hoboes” were injured when a Spokane-bound freight train derailed near Glacier National Park and badly damaged a bridge.


Opinions from past add perspective

Topics: The governor’s pay, Great Northern Railway crossings in downtown, certificates of need for medical technology and state Supreme Court ruling on drunken driving.


100 years ago: Six killed when avalanche sweeps part of Great Northern train off tracks

From our archives, 100 years ago A terrifying avalanche swept part of the Great Northern’s Cascade Limited passenger train off the tracks in the Cascade Range.


Hillyard mixes history, fun in celebrating centennial of festival

For 100 years, historic Hillyard has celebrated with a festival. For the centennial edition of the Hillyard Festival, organizers went all out. Car shows. Fireworks. Live entertainment. Free swimming. Vendors …


Valley council’s bus tour stops at noted locations

The Spokane Valley City Council took a three-hour tour last week, but instead of ending up on a tropical island they stopped by some city parks as well as other …


100 years ago avalanche wreaked havoc in the Cascades

On Feb. 28, 1910, exactly 100 years ago, a group of desperate Great Northern train passengers – many from Spokane – signed the following petition addressed to the railroad superintendent: …