Spokane Views

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Spokane Views

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In the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, Spokane was one of the largest cities of the American West. As a center for rail traffic, only the major ports of the Pacific Coast and the railway hubs of Denver and Salt Lake City equaled or exceeded it as population centers. Its rapid economic and population growth would stagnate in the interwar years. Despite this, demolition, construction and reconstruction continued to shape and reshape the cityscape in subtle ways prior to the 1974 World's Fair.

These images sample architectural and city views of Spokane from the 1890s until the early 1970s.

Included are wide-angle panoramas of major city streets, high-angle views from office buildings, photographs shot from natural heights and aerial photographs. Most photos contains major scenic architectural features such as the Monroe Street Bridge, downtown skyscrapers, South Hill mansions and the Spokane County courthouse. A small but significant portion of those photographs show industrial scenes and landscapes.

Items in the Spokane Views Collection

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#01)
View looking Northwest, n.d.

Spokane -- Views --Aerial (#41)
Looking south and west over Cliff, Sumner, Wall and Monroe Streets.

Spokane -- Views --Aerial (#43)
Looking southeast from courthouse

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#45)
The north side of Spokane taken facing east.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#05)
View of High Bridge (Union Pacific Railroad bridge) crossing Latah Creek and the Spokane River. White building just above Monroe Street Bridge is Montgomery Wards store and later City Hall. Taken from point just west of town faceing east.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#33)
Aerial view of Spokane.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#07)
Buisness district, Spokane.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#09)
Buisness section of Spokane taken from above the Paulsen Building. Note Airport sign on Old Nat'l Bank bldg.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#17)
Looking southeast from courthouse.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#02)
Aerial view of Spokane, n.d.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#20)
Taken north and west of downtown Spokane. Cement plant on Government Way visible in foreground. Natatorium Park visible across river to the left. Summit Blvd. located above the bluff. Cluster of buildings to the right of photo on Summit blvd. is St.…

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#28)
Aerial view of Spokane, undated.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#03)
Aerial View of the buisness district looking east. Taken two blocks west of the Davenport Hotel.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#31)
Aerial view of Spokane over the River.

Spokane -- Views -- Aerial (#36)
Looking Southeast across the lower edge of Browne's Addition. Little Sunset Highway, Latah (Hangman) bridge in lower right.

Spokane -- Views --Aerial (#37)
Undated aerial view of Spokane's downtown.

Spokane -- Views  (Folder 1, #13)
Looking north from Lewis and Clark High School, W. 500 4th St.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #14)
Looking north from South Hill. Howard St. in foreground running north.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #15)
Riverside and Lincoln.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #17)
Looking north from 6th avenue.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #32)
Looking east across city on north side of town.

Spokane -- Views  (Folder 1, #35)
Looking north from Cliff Drive. Streets visible are Wall and Howard.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #36)
Summit Blvd. Taken facing east.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #38)
Looking north across the business section of the city from intersection of 5th and Adams.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #04)
Looking west at Summit Blvd, Gardner, Boone and Dean.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #24)
Spokane River in downtown Spokane.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #27)
View of the Spokane River in downtown Spokane.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #07)
Looking southeast from Broadway and Monroe.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 1, #09)
Looking North from Cannon Hill, about 7th avenue.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #10)
View of buildings on the Spokane River. Clock tower in the background.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #19)
View of Spokane residential area

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #02)
Looking north across the city from 12th and Grand

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #41)
Looking up the river and across the city from Riverside Park Cemetery

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #43)
Monroe street bridge and business district. Taken facing south and a little east.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #11)
Looking north across city. Streets in foreground are McClellan and Browne.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #46)
Water reservoir. Taken facing north.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #07)
Looking north along Monroe

Spokane -- Views (Folder 2, #08)
Auditorium building. City Hall in background. Looking northeast from Lincoln and Main.

Spokane -- Views (Folder 3, #16)
Looking north across the city. McClellan St. in foreground.