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Then and Now photos: Drive-in departs, restaurant remains

The invention of the automobile changed everyday life in small and large ways. Independent travel, instead of horses, buggies or trains, became the norm. Travelers needed gas, convenient food and …


Then and Now photos: Downtown still stacks up

The twin stacks of the Central Steam Plant were completed in 1916 by the Merchants Central Heating Co. The 225-foot stacks used 333,340 bricks and extended above the elegant facility …


Then and Now: Operation Walkout

In 1954, the nuclear bomb was on everyone’s mind. Would the Russians attack without warning? Spokane was chosen as the first city in the nation to attempt a complete evacuation …


Then and Now photos: The Mint bar

During Spokane’s boom era of the 1880s through the early 20th century, downtown Spokane was packed with workers, mainly men, living in single-resident occupancy buildings, called SRO hotels, when not …


Then and Now photos: Hazelwood Farms

Spokane’s Hazelwood Farms was a leading Northwest dairy business when its founders, David and George Brown and John L. Smith, decided to subdivide and sell off their land holdings on …


Then and Now photos: Sunset Highway

In the 19th century, east-west travel across Washington was on unsurfaced, ungraded roads. Routes were mostly military wagon trails like the Mullan Road and the Naches Pass Road. But railroad …


Then and Now photos: The Pavilion

Spokane’s Expo ’74 continues to recede in the rear-view mirror, but the silhouette of the former United States Pavilion reminds us of that glorious summer of exhibitions, concerts, rides, famous …


Then and Now photos: Coeur d’Alene waterfront

The natives of the region, who called themselves the Schee-Chu-Umsh, lived and camped around Lake Coeur d’Alene for many generations before the first white men, likely French explorers or trappers, …


Then and Now photos: Post Street Bridge

In 1880, a vote was held to decide the seat of newly created Spokane County. Cheney and Spokane Falls, both important railroad towns, wanted it. Spokane was declared the winner, …


Then and Now photos: Broadview Dairy

Allen H. Flood, born in 1854 and the grandson of Revolutionary War soldiers, moved to Washington from Maine in 1889 for work. He drove oxen in lumber camps, laid out …


Then and Now photos: View from the Tower

1926: Slow-moving electric streetcars, clattering Ford Model Ts and crowds of shoppers bundled against the cold. 2012: Quiet front-wheel-drive autos, hybrid diesel-electric transit buses and pedestrians intent on their cellphones …


Then and Now photos: Riverside Avenue

The Robertson, Morgan and Bell buildings still stand on the 300 block of West Riverside Avenue. All date to Spokane’s boom era of the early 1900s. Glen Dow Academy of …


Then and Now: Spokane Bakery Co.

Businessman David Ackerman, born in 1873, believed that factory bakeries would “hasten the day when the housewife shall bake no more.” He bought Spokane Bakery Co. in 1906 and started …


Then and Now photos: Liberty Theater

Movie ticket prices can be outrageous, but in 1923 someone called the cops. Patrons claimed the Liberty Theater on the 700 block of Riverside jacked up the ticket prices for …


Then and Now photos: The ONB building

The Old National Bank was founded in 1891 and opened its signature building at Stevens and Riverside in 1911. It was a skyscraping marvel, and thousands came just to see …


Then and Now photos: Church’s Seed Store

In the early days of Spokane, farmers and rural residents visited Church’s Seed Store at 915 W. First Ave. for seed, animal feed and equipment. Henry Church’s store later became …


Then and Now photos: Trent Alley

While the western end of downtown Spokane was bejeweled with stately office buildings and fine theaters from the city’s early years, the east end of Jimmy Glover’s original city layout …


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 …


Home-grown hero

Derek Ryan – on a clock that runs nine hours ahead of Spokane – is technically living in the future. But he thinks about the past – his hometown and …


Ex-Chief Ryan holds Spokane in special place

Derek Ryan – on a clock that runs nine hours ahead of Spokane – is technically living in the future. But he thinks about the past – his hometown and …


Then and Now: Valley schools

Education in east Spokane County began in the 1880s in one- and two-room schoolhouses dotted among the farms and settlements in the Spokane River valley. Many one-school districts merged into …


Then and Now with Randy Jones

Randy Jones wasn’t a fly-by-night placekicker in the Greater Spokane League back in the mid 1990s. In fact, he was one in a long line of highly successful kickers who …


Giving back the love

The calls come at irregular intervals, weeks or months apart. Kids, once troubled and often violent, now grown but still weighing delicate, life-changing choices, still looking for someone to be …


Then and Now: Strey gives back the love

The calls come at irregular intervals, weeks or months apart. Kids, once troubled and often violent, now grown but still weighing delicate, life-changing choices, still looking for someone to be …


Then and Now photos: Glover Field

On June 2, 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act gave official status to all Native Americans in hopes it would bring them into the mainstream of American life. This led to …


Then & Now: City Hall in 1929 and today

The art deco fad of the late 1920s and early 1930s left its mark on Spokane. The term “art deco” came from the name of a 1925 art expo in …


Mueller changes gears, stays busy with Chargers

One would think after ascending from ball boy to vice president/general manager that Randy Mueller had experienced just about everything as an NFL executive. Not quite. The latest chapter in …


Then & Now: First and Howard in 1898

Doerr-Mitchell and Co., selling electrical and radio supplies, opened in Spokane in 1897. Purchasing manager William “Billy” Irish was a radio hobbyist who took over a neighbor’s home-built transmitter in …


Then and Now photos: Public transit

Trains powered by hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River were the first urban public transportation system in early Spokane. The Spokane and Montrose Street Railway, which operated the first electrified …


Former Gonzaga star Goodson enjoying second career

Demetri “Meech” Goodson still wears No. 3, but it’s a whole new ball game. Goodson, who transferred after his junior season in the Gonzaga University men’s basketball program for two …