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Then and Now photos: Elks Club

A century ago, the elk population in Spokane was booming. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, commonly known as the Elks Club, had almost 8000 members in Spokane, rivaling …


Mom had their backs

By all accounts, it was rough-and-tumble in the Chalich household filled with seven children – five of them boys – who could test the patience of Job, and definitely tested …


Mom had the backs of Chalich kids

By all accounts, it was rough-and-tumble in the Chalich household filled with seven children – five of them boys – who could test the patience of Job, and definitely tested …


Then and Now photos: Opportunity hall

The Opportunity Township Hall, a Spanish colonial-style building at 12114 E. Sprague Ave., turns 100 years old this year, and its current occupant, the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, will celebrate …


Then and Now photos: Coeur d’Alene

Until the 1960s, the Coeur d’Alene waterfront was occupied by a steamboat landing, a lumber mill, a seaplane dock, a train yard, industrial warehouses and a log storage area. But …


Then and Now: Steptoe Butte

James “Cashup” Davis, born in England in 1815, came to America in 1840 to seek his fortune. He married in Ohio and headed west in a covered wagon in 1871. …


Then and Now: Spokane skyline

The 1955 photo shows a city in transition. By some measures, the post-World War II economy was still slowing following the expansion of early Spokane, from about 1890 to 1910. …


Then and Now photos: The Davenport

President William Howard Taft loved good food, and there was no shortage of it during his visit to Spokane in 1909, which coincided with the National Apple Show. According to …


Then and Now photos: New York Brewery

In the days before refrigerators, beer was made locally – often in the back of a saloon where it was sold. Among the first big breweries in Spokane was the …


Then and Now photos: Eagle Block

The Hotel Arthur – later the Hotel Raymond – anchored Spokane’s Eagle Block. The original 1888 building was in the path of the 1889 inferno, but railroad builder Daniel Corbin, …


Then and Now photos: Paulsen Building

Cliff Drive was a popular spot for photographers to document the growth of early Spokane. Prominent in the center of the 1908 picture is the August Paulsen Building, the tallest …


Then and Now photos: Rex Theater

The Rex Theater, decorated with an elaborate rococo plaster facade, opened at 326 W. Riverside Ave. around 1908 as the Empire Theater. It offered light opera, vaudeville shows and first-run …


How West was won – on horseback

As long as she can remember, Jane Proctor has loved horses. She loves to look at horses. She loves hanging around them. Most of all, she loves to ride them. …


Then and Now photos: Glover Mansion

James Nettle Glover arrived in Spokan Falls from Oregon in 1873, and he used the Land Act of 1820 to gain title to the town site originally settled by James …


Then and Now photos: Murgittroyd’s

Murgittroyd’s, at right in the top photo, was the prototype of the modern drugstore. According to “The Pioneer Drug Store” by David Bethman, William Hiram Murgittroyd was born in 1867 …


Then and Now: Hall of Doges

Louis Davenport opened Davenport’s Restaurant in 1890 at the corner of Post Street and Sprague Avenue. It expanded with its popularity, taking over the whole building. Davenport also bought the …


Then and Now: Courthouse view

Thousands of photographs are shot every day in Spokane with digital cameras, cellphones and webcams, but when Charles Libby opened his photo studio with his sister Addie in 1898, photographs …


Then and Now: Courthouse jail

In the older photo, Sheriff Christopher C. Dempsey may have been preparing for the execution of Gin Pong, who was convicted of a gruesome hatchet murder. The Spokesman-Review reported Pong …


Then and Now: Morris Block

The Morris Block was built on the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Post Street in 1890, in the wake of Spokane’s fire of 1889. The Great Eastern building, above …


Akifumi Kato: A jockey’s odyssey

Those who remember horse racing in Spokane, remember Playfair Race Course. And those who remember Playfair, probably recall Akifumi Kato, the jockey who, strictly speaking, became the most successful rider …


Then and Now: Auditorium Theater, demolished in 1934

The Auditorium Theater highlighted Spokane as the outpost of culture on the western plains. The building’s owners, John Browne and Anthony Cannon, arrived in the dusty village of Spokan Falls …


Then and Now: Bloomsday

The Lilac Bloomsday Run welcomed runners and walkers for the 36th time this year, a long way from its modest start. Encouraged by the mayor and bolstered by sponsors and …


Then and Now: Gonzaga’s former football stadium

In the photo above, Gonzaga University’s football stadium dominates the east side of the campus. Before World War II, the university had a pretty good run as a football school. …


‘Hoss’ rides high

Gregg Smith has been called a lot of things over the years. During his playing career on Eastern Washington University’s basketball team, the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Smith had the nickname “Hoss” …


Then and Now: Former EWU Eagle Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith has been called a lot of things over the years. During his playing career on Eastern Washington University’s basketball team, the 6-foot-10, 280-pound Smith had the nickname “Hoss” …


Then and Now photos: Riverfront Park

Although explorers, traders and missionaries had traveled on horseback through the area since the early 1800s, the first white settlement at Spokane Falls was in 1871. James Glover built a …


Then and Now photos: Historic City Hall

The Spokane City Hall erected in 1894 at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism of a plains boomtown, and then fell victim to its success. It cost $165,000 to …


Hatley leaves his mark on game

The hard part is Sunday. That’s the day that reminds Reid Hatley what might have been. That’s the day his old roommate, Ricky Barnes, might be contending with one of …


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: Ready for war

In the days following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Spokane began preparing for the next major attack. Spokane radio stations went off the air so enemy aircraft couldn’t follow …