A Cultured Blossom Sown in Pioneer Soils

By Steven Branting Adapted from Augusta Bunker: Eastern’s First Eagle Lands (2016) Since 2000, many of this country’s leading history, geography and preservation organizations — including the American Association for State and Local History, The History Channel and the Society for American Archaeology — have Continue Reading

Dear Old Nat: When Baseball Was King

By Marla Hyder and Donald Johnson, an abridged excerpt from Dear Old Nat: Spokane’s Playground Above, the professional Spokane Baseball Club incorporated and joined Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to form the Pacific Northwest League. Though the “Spokanes” lost their first game in eleven innings to Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 1: The Riverfront Park Ice Skating Ribbon

Spokane Riverfront Park’s new Ice Ribbon has an intriguing history, and who better to tell it than Nostalgia Magazine’s own Chuck King? Everyone knows the area was transformed by Expo ’74, but did you know that it was once almost traded for some bacon? Watch our Continue Reading

“Meet Me Under the Clock” at the Crescent Department Store

By Marla Meekhof Above, Santa arrives at the Crescent in 1926. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. A hot and muggy day welcomed the business people of downtown Spokane Falls when they opened shop on August 4, 1889. The West wind Continue Reading

Louis Davenport’s Italian Gardens: The Talk of the Town

By Nostalgia Magazine Staff Above, in 1922, Davenport’s Restaurant is remodeled, doubled in size, and re-opened as the Italian Gardens (Italian Renaissance architecture). Photo courtesy of the Davenport Hotel. Long before the Davenport Hotel had been conceived, the unassuming entrepreneur, Louis Davenport, opened a restaurant Continue Reading

Wilbur “Bill” Lueck and the Award Winning “Farm Boys”

by Sherry Rux Above, the award winning crew of “farm boys,” with Wilbur “Bill” Lueck, third from the right. Bill later had the silent “e” in his last name legally removed, making him Wilbur “Bill” Luck. Photo courtesy of the Rux Family Archives. My father Continue Reading

Gardner Cave and Crawford State Park

By Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte Above, a ladder inside Gardner Cave, and a woman touring at the top. The cave was named for Edward Gardner, the great-grandfather of Dena Hertel, co-publisher and head of sales of Nostalgia Magazine. Photo courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte. Of Continue Reading

Harold Tucker: Spokane Santa and Motorcycle Police Officer

By Jack Pearson and Tony Bamonte Above, when Jayne Mansfield traveled through Spokane in 1965 on a publicity tour, she told her bodyguard she wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. This was easily arranged. Photo courtesy of the Tucker Family Archives. Harold Tucker was born Continue Reading