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Then and Now photos: Kroll Building’s footprint filled

William H. Kroll was already a successful lumberman in Michigan – and well into his 60s – when he came west in 1911 and stopped in St. Maries. Within three …


Then and Now: Civil War hero leaves legacy

Col. David P. Jenkins was one of Spokane’s greatest benefactors. Before homesteading Spokane’s north side of the river, Jenkins, born in 1823, was a lawyer from Ohio, an acquaintance of …


Then and Now: Downtown fashion district

Russell Walker was a salesman who spent much of his career selling women’s apparel. He was born in Seattle in 1902 and came to Spokane in 1916. As a teen, …


Then and Now photos: Wolverton Block

Brothers Albert and William Wolverton built the first brick office building in Spokan Falls, the Wolverton Block, in 1881. J.T. Davie, a young brickmaker from Scotland, made it possible. He …


Then and Now: Blodgett Mercantile in 1915

Charles A. Blodgett, born in 1893 in Victor, Mont., arrived in Spokane at 18 and went to work. He learned the retail business working at a North Monroe grocery store. …


Then and Now photos: North Division Street

In 1932 the city of Spokane finished paving Division Street north to Francis. Because it was the northern end of the city limits at the time, Spokane County surveyed and …


Then and Now photos: Armour and Co. packing plant

Philip Danforth Armour, born in 1832 in upstate New York, was an industrious young man who started a meat packing business with his brother Joseph at Chicago’s Union Stockyards in …


Then and Now photos: The mill that built Spokane

When S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, Spokane’s first white settlers, walked up to the south channel of the river by the falls in 1871, they realized it was the perfect …


Then and Now photos: The Crescent

The Crescent, Spokane’s homegrown department store, disappeared in 1988 when it was combined with the Frederick & Nelson brand. But it started off with a bang and is remembered fondly …


Then and Now photos: The fire of 1889

It was a long, hot summer in 1889. Forest fires raged around the region, and Seattle had a catastrophic fire earlier that summer. But the bustling boom town of Spokane …


Then and Now photos: Monroe-Indiana intersection

Not much is left from the early development at the intersection of Spokane’s Monroe Street, Indiana Avenue and Northwest Boulevard. Sturdy brick buildings have been replaced by restaurants and fast-food …


Then and Now: Spokane’s historic homes

From elegant mansions to simple construction, Spokane’s historic homes provide an open window to the city’s past. It was a common practice in the early 20th century for local newspapers …


Then and Now: Cataldo’s legacy

Joseph Cataldo was in frail health throughout his life, but he built an immense spiritual legacy across the Inland Northwest. Born in Sicily in 1837, the studious young Jesuit with …


Then and Now: Schade Brewery

The Schade Brewery was among several to open around the turn of the 20th century to slake the thirst of working men in Spokane. German immigrant Bernhardt Schade arrived in …


Then and Now photos: Streetcar era

Spokane’s streetcar era started in 1888 with the first horse-drawn cars riding on tracks to a new neighborhood: Browne’s Addition. Developers hoped new service would encourage families to move a …


Then and Now photos: Get the goods

Although the first transcontinental railroad connected through Spokane in 1882, north-south travel was still laborious and slow, by saddle or in wagons, for long trips to places like Colville and …


Then and Now photos: Horse slaughter

In 1858, Eastern Washington was still closed to outside settlement, but hardy trappers, prospectors and traders traversed the region. After Indians killed two prospectors, Lt. Col. Edward Steptoe was sent …


Then and Now photos: Paulsen’s place

The 1908 photo shows the Granite Block at far left, next to the newly completed August Paulsen building. Paulsen, a Danish immigrant, arrived in Spokane in 1892. He immediately began …


Then and Now photos: War and peace

When war broke out in Europe in 1914, Americans began debating the idea of preparedness. Some, like Theodore Roosevelt, advocated expanding the military in anticipation of the spreading conflict. President …


Then and Now photos: North Division Street

Before bridges crossed the gorge in the 1880s, the Spokane River was a challenging obstacle for people on the north side of the Spokane. Some hardy homesteaders lived on the …


Then and Now photos: Riverside Avenue

Imagine a newcomer to Spokane stepping off a train in 1928 and turning west onto Riverside Avenue at Monroe Street and taking in the panoply of buildings that rival the …


Then and Now photos: Hillyard

In 1892, James J. Hill, the architect and president of the Great Northern Railroad, arrived in Spokane. He told a newspaper reporter: “I am coming here to get your business …


Then and Now photos: Playfair track

Ever since humans managed to shinny onto the back of a horse, riders have wanted to race. Endurance, flat-track, harness and steeplechase racing became popular in many different cultures around …


Then and Now photos: Otis Orchards

Settlers William and Johanna Pringle homesteaded in eastern Spokane County in 1883, near a railroad stop called Otis. In 1903, Mark Mendenhall and Laughlin MacLean contracted to use a drainage …


Then and Now photos: The Rookery

Francis Cook, publisher of the Tacoma Herald newspaper, was lured to Spokane in 1879 by the offer of free land from city father James N. Glover. He was offered the …


Then & Now: Service stations popular until 1970s

There were cars before the advent of the gas station. Early fuel stops were general stores where a motorist could fill a gas can. The debut of Ford’s Model T …


Then and Now photos: Spokane Valley

When white immigrants began settling permanently in the Spokane area in the 1870s, it was a particularly hardscrabble group who chose the rural Spokane Valley to eke out a meager …


Then and Now: Dennis Phillips

Basketball enabled 1968 Ferris graduate Dennis Phillips an opportunity to circle the globe as a player; to become a coach, educator and administrator privy to the mire of collegiate sports. …


Then and Now photos: A city is born

Spokane’s story began on the corner of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard. Original settlers James Downing and Seth Scranton drove the first surveyor’s stake there in 1871. It was …


Then and Now photos: Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk was described by this newspaper in 2009 as “a versatile Canadian capable of playing several positions.” It was but one line in a look ahead to the 2009-10 …