Category: Spokane in 1901

Some of the fun research I’ve uncovered while writing my mystery novel and researching Spokane, Washington in 1901.

The President is Coming to Spokane!

The President is Coming to Spokane!

The year is 1901, the day, April 16. You reach for your copy of The Spokesman-Review and low-and-behold, you read that President McKinley himself is coming to Spokane, Washington! A few days later, Ohio-born Amasa Campbell, jots off a few letters to friends and family: “The President will be out to visit us about the …

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Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Some of my favorite “easter eggs” to sprinkle throughout the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries are the references to events I found while reading through The Spokesman-Review for the days I’ve set the stories. At the end of one particular day in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, Marian Kenyon sits back and flips through the April 16, …

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Manito Park Tour

Manito Park Tour

When writing Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, I knew I had to take my characters to Manito Park, but it wasn’t until I began researching that I learned that the park known today as “Manito Park” was originally named “Montrose Park.” Francis Cook, the owner of the land, named it “Montrose” because of the wide variety …

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Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

One of the best resources I discovered for describing life in Spokane in 1901 was the Dear Mother collection of letters. Marinus Crommelin of Amsterdam wrote home during his visit to Spokane 1901-1902. His letters were compiled and translated by a relative into Dear Mother. This week I wanted to highlight some of Marinus’s impressions …

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Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries Historical Research

Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries Historical Research

Author Patricia Meredith shares a little about the historical research that went into writing the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries. The first book, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, a new historical mystery, is available everywhere books are sold in whatever format you prefer! For a complete list of newspaper clippings outlining the building of the Spokane clock tower, …

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Spokesman-Review Newspapers that Inspired Events in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries

Spokesman-Review Newspapers that Inspired Events in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries

The Spokesman-Review and The Chronicle were the main newspapers of 1901 Spokane. Both were owned by William H. Cowles by 1901, who moved them all into the Review Building, which can still be visited today.  As I may have mentioned before, I love traveling down the rabbit holes of researching history, and the best place …

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