“Reba” Hurn: Spokane’s First Female Lawyer

Rebecca Jane “Reba” Hurn was Spokane’s first female lawyer and Washington’s first female senator. A ceremony dedicating a monument in her honor takes place August 3, 2018 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, WA. Continue Reading

A Hellish Truth Seen Too Late

By Steven Branting Those who plot the destruction of others often fall themselves. ~ Phaedrus Above, the Idaho State Insane Asylum, circa 1894. Photo courtesy of Idaho State Hospital South. The October 6, 1883 edition of the Aspen, Colorado Times carried a public letter to Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 4: “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley”

On Episode 4 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. Heather Branstetter, author of the fascinating book, “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” What does it mean when a community agrees that “you don’t have to obey the laws, but you Continue Reading

Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure

By Heather Branstetter, PhD Above, the Oasis Rooms are on the second floor of the 2-story building on Cedar in Wallace, Idaho. Today, the building is the Oasis Bordello Museum, the second floor is “frozen in time” and available for visitors to tour. Learn more Continue Reading

We Did It! The Taylor Sisters are Real-Life Rosie the Riveters from Spokane

The memories of Michael Harrington and Daniel Taylor, recorded and written by Garrin Hertel Above, Peggy, Patty, and Josephine Taylor left Spokane in three cars following the death of their brother in the Solomon Islands. The Taylor Family was on a mission to contribute to Continue Reading

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

Lady Rebel With A Cause: Marie Frances Young Woolcott

By Rae Anna Victor Above, the Children’s Hour Parade, organized by Marie Frances in Seattle for her KIRO television show. Opposite page, letters like this were what kept Marie inspired to continue her work. Images courtesy of Rae Anna Victor. Marie Frances Young Woolcott was Continue Reading