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100 years ago in Spokane: Noodle cafe owner takes sightseeing flight; vaudeville theater reopens

Sightseeing trips via airplane were all the rage in Spokane, and one of the latest passengers was Wong Bong, the Chinese owner of a Riverside Avenue noodle cafe.


100 years ago in Spokane: Vaudevillians bring more than their show to town

The touring vaudeville performers at the Pantages Theater arrived with their own special baggage car, containing all of their luggage and props.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Then and Now: Galax Hotel

Then and now offers a glimpse of Spokane as it was a century ago.


100 years ago on the Columbia River: Brothers’ canoe trip turns deadly

From our archives, 100 years ago The canoeing vacation of brothers George and Walter Roos of Portland ended in tragedy at the The Dalles.


100 years ago in Spokane: County paving truck runs over boy

From our archives, 100 years ago The driver of a county auto paving truck saw three boys run from the curb as if to jump on the back of his …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man steals train locomotive to get to a dance

The Hippodrome, a theater combining vaudeville and feature films, reopened to huge crowds at First Avenue and Howard Street in Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader suggests folks not freak out about dandelions

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan (of Duncan Gardens fame) said that one of the most common questions he received this time of year …


100 years ago in Spokane: S-R fishing columnist raves about the Spokane River

Anglers were preparing for the opening of the fishing season, and The Spokesman-Review’s fishing correspondent boasted that “probably no city in the entire country is surrounded by so many fishing …


100 years ago in Spokane: Weekend entertainment included tumbling, female impersonation, canaries, and a rat in a bottle

From our archives, 100 years ago Here’s how people in Spokane were being entertained, 1916-style, as reported in a series of reviews of the weekend’s vaudeville shows:


100 years ago in Spokane: Butcher-turned-preacher advocates temperance

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. Billy Williams took a different approach to temperance evangelizing at the YMCA before a large crowd.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago When the Barnes Hypnotic Show – a vaudeville act – went defunct in Lewiston, four members of the company were stranded penniless. Two of …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Erick Lackso, a 29-year-old Finn, took “three pulls from a Chinaman’s pipe.”


Jokes fly with acrobats at traveling variety show

A traveling show on the road to Spokane reflects the early days of vaudeville, when performers worked with what they had. Consider their outfits, for example. Costumes worn by the …


Large nose leads the way to a small world

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s a weird, wacky world out here on the global vaudeville circuit. During my tag-along trips with Charlie Schmidt, Spokane’s Lord of the Nose Dance, I’ve encountered …