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

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

“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

Historic Homes: Finding “Bing” in the Basement, and Other Discoveries at the Crosby Home

by Polly Kaczmarek Above, a 2017 photo of the Crosby House Museum on campus at Gonzaga University. This was the childhood home of Bing Crosby. What do we know about the house Bing Crosby lived in as a boy, teenager, and young man, at 508 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

Ragtime: Theater and Change in Turn-of-the-Century Spokane

By Holly George, Co-Managing Editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly and author of journal articles on gender, recreation, and the West published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly and Utah Historical Quarterly. Find her book “Show Town: Theater and Culture in the Pacific Northwest, 1890-1920” online at Continue Reading