An Earlier Time: Memories of the West Central Neighborhood

Robert Scheel remembers growing up in Spokane’s West Central Neighborhood: “Time passed. The solid, middle-class neighborhood, where the doors were never locked, where you could play in the streets and yards until after dark and never worry about crime or leaving your bike or ball glove outside have become history. [My friends from the neighborhood] are all gone now. But they live on in my memories of my childhood, and the memories are so good.” Continue Reading

The Monroe Street Granite Retaining Wall

Chuck King, along with Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, explore the hidden history of North Monroe Street’s retaining wall and the history of the Granite Building, which stood for almost four decades at the corner of Washington and Riverside in downtown Spokane. Continue Reading

Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History, Episode 8: “The Hidden History of the North Monroe Street Retaining Wall”

On the newest episode of The King’s Guide, Chuck King explores the hidden history of North Monroe Street’s retaining wall. You’ve probably seen this wall countless times and never even thought twice about it, but its history traces back before the Great Fire of 1889. History is all around us! Continue Reading

The Garland Theater (1945)

With the end of World War II in August 1945, the Garland Theater in Spokane, WA, opened its doors on November 22 of that year. Crowds lined up around the block to see the evening’s comedic double features: It’s a Pleasure and Double Exposure. The lobby, adorned with brown oak walls and floors covered in rose color carpet, was lined with baskets, flowers and well-wishes from Hollywood stars including Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. Continue Reading

John Reed: Memories of Elegance at The Davenport Hotel

Is there a person more closely linked to Spokane’s famous hotel than John Reed? He journeyed with The Davenport Hotel since 1942, remaining along for the ride for nearly eighty years. In the process, he became an icon of Spokane history and culture. We mourn his passing, and remember him in this article originally printed in our book, “The Davenport Hotel.” Continue Reading

A Taste For Playing With Fire: Gussie Bollinger Loved Not Wisely, But Too Well

Leo Tolstoy began his novel Anna Karenina by saying: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Gussie Bollinger’s family was a frequent dumpster fire. Gussie loved too often, but not well, indeed, and by the end of her life, she collected a list of names: Carrie Augusta “Gussie” “Jessie” Leachman-Bollinger-Grady-Wellman-Trumbley-Smith-Allen. Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 5: “Dr. Coyne’s Helicopter Airship”

On the newest episode of The King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. W.E.S. Coyne, a local dentist who once had an invention that was touted in 1910 as “The Greatest Achievement in History.” But by 1912, Coyne was no longer living in Spokane. Find out why in the latest episode of the King’s Guide! 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

“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