News from the Inland Empire

Spokane Society

NW

At least two dozen very wealthy men arrived in Spokane Falls in the first decade.  They  were considered the "top society" in the Village. 

Many were well educated and most were young.    All were wealthy, eager for adventure and seeking...

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Auto Road to Mica Peak

NW

Other Improvements at Liberty Lake Announced.

The Inland Empire System has proposed building an automobile road from the lake up to the top of Mica Peak, an altitude of 5,200 feet.   The path, if constructed, will wind over the hills by...

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House Imitates Shakespeare's Birthplace

NW

It is September 8, 1907 and Al Lundquist has just completed his finest work to date.

Al Lundquist is a well-known Spokane builder of fine houses. 

The house is located on the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and Ash Street.  The new...

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  Everyone is doing the Castle Walk

NW

It is the latest craze in dancing. The date is November 23, 1913.

It started in New York at the famous Louis Martin's Restaurant ballroom. 

Mr and Mrs Vernon Castle stepped out on the dance floor and glided to the music of...

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2nd Avenue Is A New Business District

NW

 Brick buildings on 2nd Avenue have doubled this year - 1907. 

Over $1 million has been spent the past 18 months erecting buildings on 2nd Avenue and adjacent streets south of the railroad tracks.

The thinking is that retail districts...

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Schade Brewery Building Sold

NW

Schade Brewery Building Sold

In 1922 Adam Brown paid $77,000 to buy the Schade Brewery Building at Trent and Sheridan Streets.  Improvements to the building were expected to cost $30,000.

The building had been sitting idle.  It became empty once prohibition started in...

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Newspaperman asks fair play in assessments

NW

Assessor "Soaks" Newspaper Spokesman Review

 August 1, 1906

Takes Revenge Because Newspaper Criticized Government

William Cowles, owner of the Review Publishing Company, claims the Spokane assessor has assessed him unfairly.  The taxes in 1906 have been arbitrarily raised from $1,000 to $200,000. ...

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The First Direct Liberty Lake Railroad Starts

NW

picture of Liberty Lake station

1907 - New Liberty Lake Railroad Is Opening

Getting off either Greenacres or Spokane Bridge stations meant an 8-mile trip to the lake.

Getting there was not popular.  The first train ran in 1903 and was a single...

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