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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

‘A Place of Truths’: New downtown plaza teaches Spokane tribal history, river preservation

The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep …


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


Before the falls: Spokane and the history of river cities

The falls are beautiful, they’re powerful and they’re the reason for the city. Spokane is one of a small number of American cities that have falling water in their hearts, …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Spokane River recreation offers fun, beauty

The Spokane River provides a steady flow of distinction to downtown Spokane, and a healthy splash of fun. Few cities can claim a natural asset that puts the business district …


This time of year, the ‘soul’ of the Spokane river returns – its ‘fast water’ offering a look into the past

When Barry Moses stares at the roiling spring waters of the Spokane River, especially near the dams, he sees what he calls “a shadow of the history of how things …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Down by the riverside, Spokane found its heritage

The Spokane River’s falls drew Native tribes for millennia. And then came the settlers, who gradually came to treasure the natural beauty at the heart of Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Local man fighting in Canadian Army describes World War I trenches

Frank Passmore, a “well-known Spokane boy” who had joined the Canadian army, wrote home about life in the trenches in France. “I am writing this to the tune of ‘whistling …


100 years ago in Spokane: James Glover, ‘the father of Spokane,’ describes Spokane Falls in 1873

James N. Glover, “the father of Spokane,” continued his series of memoirs in the Spokane Daily Chronicle. He described his first visit in 1873, when he found only three families …


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds line Monroe Street Bridge to see illuminated falls

From our archives, 100 years ago Crowds lined both rails of the Monroe Street Bridge to see a new and exciting spectacle: The electrical illumination of the Spokane River waterfalls.


Shawn Vestal: Thanks to sewer work, Spokane Falls is brought to new prominence

When he was working for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, David Condon would sometimes field inquiries about Spokane’s signature natural attraction. “People would ask: How do you get down to the …


Crews pull swimmer from Spokane River near falls

A man was pulled to safety from the Spokane River at the base of the Upper Falls Thursday morning, as 21 firefighters responded in kayaks, climbing ropes and medical vehicles. …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Pioneer Daniel Drumheller, former mayor of Spokane, celebrated his 74th birthday in 1915 by telling stories about the early days.


Snowmelt fills raging Spokane River

Ben and Bobbi Swanson rode their bikes to Riverfront Park late last week and joined a legion of other people who were there for the same purpose – to view …


Rare warm streak puts rivers, lakes near crests

Lake Coeur d’Alene neared its crest Thursday about 3 feet below flood stage following the heavy rain and mild temperatures dating back more than a week. Also Thursday, the Kootenai …


Business shares historic mural based on Bird’s Eye of Spokane Falls

A huge mural painted from an original Bird’s Eye View map of Spokane Falls in 1884 is now on public display at a downtown business office. Express Employment Professionals, 331 …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago James Monaghan turned 75, and the paper celebrated that fact by telling the life story of the man it called the region’s “oldest living …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Jack Robinson, 30, a one-legged ironworker, jumped into the Spokane River above the Washington Street bridge and then said to some bystanders on shore, …


Treasure quest: Antique collector seeking home for huge mural of Spokane

A huge canvas painting depicting the small city of Spokane Falls in 1884 needs a new home. Antique collector Dinah Carlson has it hanging in her garage after it was …


Diving buffleheads duck in for a show on Spokane River

A small flock of bufflehead ducks has taken up residence in a short stretch of fast-moving water beneath the Post Street Bridge in downtown Spokane. These energetic birds feed by …


Centennial Trail gets grand addition

One of the biggest gaps in the Centennial Trail was officially filled Friday with the opening of a scenic mile-and-a-half-long stretch of new trail through Kendall Yards. The trail segment …


Plan would improve visitor access to Spokane Falls

Plans for a redesign of Huntington Park along the lower Spokane Falls are getting tweaks from the public. Ideas for the $2 million makeover have already been modified in response …


Then and Now photos: Spokane Falls

The first white man approached the site of present-day Spokane around 1807, but natives had been gathering at the thundering falls of the river for centuries. The ancestors of our …


Anthony’s bid highest

The company that owns Anthony’s restaurant in downtown Spokane has submitted the highest bid to buy the city-owned building the restaurant occupies overlooking Spokane Falls. But some Spokane City Council …


Anthony’s riverside building to be sold

Perhaps the choicest piece of property in Spokane’s city real estate portfolio is going up for sale. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday to sell the building where Anthony’s …


Then and Now photos: Spokane Middle Falls

The Spokane Middle Falls circa 1888: The wooden structure at the lower left is an early Spokane water works, which likely featured water turbine to drive pumps to get the …


Then and Now photos: Historic hub

The dusty town of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, was booming with railroads, timber and mining in the late 19th century as black settlers came looking for opportunities and a place …


Then & Now: Harnessing water’s power changed the region

From the Monroe Street Bridge, the lower falls of the Spokane River can be seen crashing over a level, manmade spillway that symbolizes the need to harness water to produce …


River channels to be filled

Repair work to restore the historic riverbed beneath the upper Spokane Falls will get started later this summer after the Spokane River drops to seasonal lows. The Spokane hearing examiner …


We dreamed of things that were, and said ‘Y not!’

If you were on the fence about the proposal to knock down the old YMCA building in Riverfront Park, go take a look now that it’s gone. My guess is …


Travel way narrowed on park span

Riverfront Park officials have blocked the sidewalks along the powder blue bridge overlooking Spokane Falls after engineers determined the edges of the span no longer can be assured of holding …