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100 years ago in Spokane: Boys accused of “forcibly hugging and kissing” telephone operators given lecture by judge

Three boys were on trial in police court for “forcibly hugging and kissing” two young telephone operators.

100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators consider manslaughter charge for driver in deadly North Side crash

A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.

Then and Now: Union Station

Historian Robert Hyslop, in his book “Spokane Building Blocks,” explains why Spokane’s Union Station, shown under construction in 1913, was called a station and not a depot. There had already …

Then and Now: Union Station trestle

The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.

John Wayne rail-trail bike trip delightfully uncrowded

While the Eastern Washington portion of a cross-state rail trail continues to be snubbed for funding by the Washington Legislature, a few folks continue to explore this world-class route in …

100 years ago in Spokane: Quarantine ordered for dogs in Eastern Washington in response to feared rabies outbreak

A quarantine was in effect against unmuzzled, free-running dogs in Spokane and nine other Eastern Washington counties – yet The Spokesman-Review reported that “unmuzzled dogs cavorted gleefully in the downtown …

Post Falls’ David Smith relives childhood memories at Wrigley Field

A Post Falls baseball nut and Chicago Cubs fanatic lived out a dream last week in full-circle moment overflowing with trains, family history and destiny.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail plan has support from across the state

The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail was organized in 2016 shortly after the 2015 Washington Legislature nearly gave the rail trail away to adjacent East Side landowners.

100 years ago in Adams County: Officials work to identify hobos killed in train wreck

From our archives, 100 years ago One of the hoboes killed in a head-on train wreck near Lind was identified as Harold H. Coe of Seattle.

100 years ago in Adams County: Two Milwaukee Road trains collide head-on, killing three

From our archives, 100 years ago Two Milwaukee Road passenger trains crashed head-on seven miles west of Lind, killing one of the engineers and two “unidentified tramps” riding on the …

100 years ago in Spokane: thousands gawk at electric train

From our archives, 100 years ago

Town of Tekoa condemns proposed closure of John Wayne Trail stretch

Well, pilgrim, we’ve got ourselves a bit of trouble in this here town of Tekoa. A part of the John Wayne Trail might be closed and some folks hereabouts are …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago One of the “great engineering feats performed by man” – the Snoqualmie Tunnel of the Milwaukee Road – was completed and ready for traffic.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane was entering what society columnist Betty Graeme called “a gay whirl” of a week, with three gala events. They were:

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review editorial page was celebrating a new “epoch for Spokane” with the formal opening of a new transcontinental rail line through Spokane. It …

Palouse section of old rail line to get master plan for trail

MALDEN, Wash. – A narrow, treeless corridor runs along scenic Pine Creek next to this tiny town in northern Whitman County. It maintains a level line as it moves off …

Route of the Hiawatha a local treat for visitors

When out-of-state friends dropped in for a few days recently – an active couple on their summer vacation – the Route of the Hiawatha immediately came to mind for treating …

Getting There: Officials seek input on plans for trail

For more than 30 years, the eastern section of an old railroad right of way in the heart of Spokane Valley has sat unused. Spokane County bought the land in …

Getting There: Railroad bed will be used as trail in Valley

Spokane County commissioners have paved the way for a new multiple-use trail on former railroad property east of Appleway Boulevard in Spokane Valley. The commissioners last week approved a resolution …

Getting There: Funding sought for John Wayne trail

There’s a chance the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Whitman and Spokane counties could get $1.2 million in improvements as early as 2013. Washington State Parks is seeking a federal …

Memory lane

From 1907 through 1909, the Milwaukee Road blasted a route through the Bitterroots, into the Inland Northwest and onward to Puget Sound. Today, you can explore the most spectacular section …