Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 3: The Manito Park Sledding Hill

It’s the Manito Park sledding hill! On Episode 3 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King takes a ride down the icy slopes of the Manito Park sledding hill while exploring the dreams of Francis Cook, the father of Manito Park, to develop the Manito Park neighborhood. If you enjoy Continue Reading

Francis H. Cook: The Father of Manito Park

By Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, excerpted from their book, Manito Park: A Reflection of Spokane’s Past. Find more of the Bamonte’s books at Tornado Creek Publications. Pictured above, Francis and Laura Cook’s nine-bedroom home, which was completed by April 1892 and lost in 1897 following Continue Reading

J.W. McArthur, Pharmacist

By Tom McArthur Pictured above, J.W. McArthur standing at the doorway of his first pharmacy, at the corner of Sprague and Monroe, circa 1890. Today, the Fox Theater stands on this spot. Photo courtesy of the McArthur Family Archives. I smile every time I walk Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 2: The Crescent Department Store

“The Crescent is more than a list of addresses and general managers: It is a mural of faces and memories. It is the history of Spokane.” On Episode 2 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King delves into the spirit of The Crescent, and it’s profound 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

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