Look Up, Spokane! (Part 1)

Look Up, Spokane! (Part 1)

How often do we look up anymore? More often than not, we’re looking down at our phone, or down at our feet to make sure we’re not stepping in dog poop or something. But the last time I was downtown in Spokane, I felt the urge to look up, to see what I was missing.

And, boy, am I glad I did!

As an Army brat, I don’t really have a “hometown” per say. But I went to college in Spokane, met my husband in Spokane, and have lived here on and off for a total of 9 years now, though my husband is a born-and-raised Spokanite.

My first book, The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Taker, also takes place in the city of Spokane (set in 1901), so I’ve spent a lot of time lately falling in love with the local history.

The architecture in downtown Spokane is gorgeous, and full of beautiful detail that’s usually overlooked by those looking down.

I’ll start with the Spokesman Review Building (photographs mine):

Isn’t it gorgeous?? For reference, here’s a picture of it from circa 1901, when my book is set, care of the Ferris Archives.

That’s just one of the many historical beauties in my town. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months. And don’t forget, no matter where you live, to look up every now and then. You may be surprised by what you find! Happy hunting!

3 Replies to “Look Up, Spokane! (Part 1)”

  1. I worked in that building, where those great huge windows were just above the street. That was the circulation dept. Great place to work and met some very nice people there. Good memories!

  2. What a cool building! In the old photo, what are the poles with lots of cross-bars on them? Were they for electricity (did they have that then?) or for telegraph?

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