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Then and Now: The Spokane streetcar barn

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police commissioner vows to arrest anyone passing out socialist flyer calling for ‘social revolution’

Under cover of night, Spokane radicals distributed handbills throughout downtown calling for, among other things, “Social Revolution.”


50 years on, remembering Spokane’s Natatorium Park

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the Natatorium Park closed. Few alive today would remember the park in its glory days – but the ghost of a memory remains, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

MAC’s Big Band Bash pays tribute to Natatorium Park

Saturday night, commemorating 50 years since the closing of Natatorium Park, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is hosting a 1930s and ’40s themed party to help locals remember …


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane sends more sons off to World War I

Spokane prepared to honor its war dead on Memorial Day – and also said farewell to a contingent of 28 new draftees heading into the army. “The usual pathetic farewells …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

1957: Remembering Fats Domino’s year in Spokane

The legendary rock ’n’ roll musician performed in Spokane three times in 1957. Domino passed away Tuesday at the age of 89.


Then and Now: Looff Carrousel

The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.


100 years ago in Spokane: Amidst flooding, Natatorium Park bridge collapses; 2 German families ordered to move

The Spokane River rose another 6 inches and Lake Coeur d’Alene rose another 9 inches in the worst flooding since 1894. Floodwaters spread out over “private grounds and city streets …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: Police called to break up near riot at Indians game after umpire punches manager

An umpire at the Spokane Indians game struck a manager upset that the ump had been calling pitches balls as a penalty for delaying the game.


100 years ago in Spokane: At picnic, electric company employees highlight safety logo in KKK costumes

From our archives, 100 years ago It took 44 special streetcars, packed to the gills, to transport all of the revelers to Washington Water Power’s annual picnic in Natatorium Park.


Three finalist firms chosen to design Looff Carrousel building

Three architectural firms have been chosen to design a new building for the historic Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Three boys, ages 11, 10 and 7, broke into a saloon, stole cash and cigars, and then proceeded to spend their ill-gotten gains on …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago About 100 Italian army reservists were seen off by well-wishers at the Union Depot in Spokane. A band was on the platform to add …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago John Philip Sousa, the nation’s undisputed “band king,” brought his massed band to Natatorium Park in Spokane and played two shows in front of …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s polo correspondent – yes, it had one – launched into a poetic rant on the eve of a big polo tournament here. …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The full scope of the Lusitania tragedy was now apparent, and The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page reflected what people all over the country were feeling.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A probation officer arrived at a ranch near Spokane and found four girls, ages 4 to 12, slaving away on a hog farm while …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The temperature hit 99 degrees in Spokane, which caused the Park Board to open the new swimming pool on East Mission Avenue a few …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Mayor W.J. Hindley, who also served as the city’s theatrical censor, said he believed that the specialty act of Billie McDermott and Hester …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Drenching rain put a damper on the Fourth of July celebrations. Even the big fireworks display at Natatorium Park was canceled.


Centennial Trail one step closer to completion with expected council vote

By the end of next year another gap in the Centennial Trail will be gone. Almost 2 miles of the trail was paved this year from Riverfront Park through Kendall …


Our view: Plans an appropriate way to mark end of a pool era

In the early 1900s, the coolest place to swim in Spokane was at Natatorium Park. The indoor pool’s pristine water came from the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The pool grew …