“The Life and Times of Patsy Clark: Mining Pioneer”

The name of Patsy Clark may conjure up an image of a beautiful, old mansion across from the Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition or a delightful meal for a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday when that same mansion was Patsy Clark’s Restaurant for twenty years. But, there is much more to Patsy’s story than a mansion that became a restaurant. Patsy Clark was my great-grandfather and for the past four years, I have been researching his life. In 1851, Patsy Clark’s life odyssey started in Ireland, approximately the same time most history books cite the end of the horrendous potato famine. Striking out from the Emerald Isle to Liverpool, England in 1872 with his eldest brother, James, the two young men caught a “coffin ship” to the New World where they sought their fortunes in the raw, untamed wilderness of the American West. It’s safe to say they had better luck than the average prospector of the late 1800s. While many people remember the mansion, even more it seems know next to nothing about the man, Patsy Clark. I set out to learn his story, and now, to share it. Continue Reading

Ranch Hands Remember Waikiki Dairy: Collected Memories of Harold Vannurden and John Dunham

A century ago, the best dairy farm in the Inland Northwest could be found just north of Spokane on the Little Spokane River. The Waikiki Dairy was founded by J.P. Graves, an early Spokane entrepreneur and businessman. Harold Vannurden and his family lived on the dairy grounds for several years in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Harold shared several memories with the readers of Nostalgia Magazine, which were edited together with memories from John Dunham, another ranch hand at the dairy, for this brief sketch of the Waikiki Dairy. Continue Reading

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

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