In the fall of 1966 at Whitworth College in Spokane, the Eric Johnston Science Center was dedicated in honor of Eric Johnston and the legacy he left behind. This $1.1 million project used to be home to departments of biology, chemistry, geology, and…

Dixon Hall is a familiar building to all Whitworth students, both current and past. It was built as a classroom building and completed in 1957. Containing 18 classrooms, the building has supported the School of Education and the Department of…

The Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library is one of the most important buildings on Whitworth University’s campus. It was named after Harriet Cheney Cowles after she passed away in 1938. To honor her legacy, her husband, William H. Cowles Sr., and…

Cowles Auditorium is the university's center of theatrical and performance-based endeavors and is one of three buildings on Whitworth's campus that bears the Cowles family name. Specifically the auditorium is named after William H. Cowles Sr. and…

Much has changed from the original Whitworth University chapel days where attendance was mandatory, knitting could get you reprimanded and a headline in the newspaper, and politics were debated openly. Now home to faculty-guided and student-led…

Ballard Hall is home to about 66 young women, forming part of the historic community with McMillan Hall, known on campus as "BMAC". Ballard is a hall known for its rich history and long standing traditions, as well as a close sisterhood and a tight…

Kate, a young, blushing bride, married W.P. Horton on September 21, 1861 in Walla Walla County in Washington Territory. W.P. promised “to be to her a good, kind, faithful, and affectionate husband,” and Kate “to make him a kind, faithful, and…

Bill Jackson was born to a French-Canadian father and Indian mother on Moran Prairie, to the south-east of the Spokane Falls. During his childhood, Billy was abandoned by his father, leaving his mother to raise him and his two brothers alone.…

In the 1880s Spokane grew from waves of immigration. Though white individuals were the majority, the city soon developed other minority populations. Along with the more famous Chinatown, Spokane had its own small African American community. In…

Frontier Washington was full of surprising and unexpected character, but perhaps none more so than Henry Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth was born in Bengal, India around 1837, Shuttleworth was the probably the son of a British East India Company…

“I stepped round to the next room and found Bertie Rockhold out on the shed room being the roof of the Saloon Building…” So Bell Ford testified in 1889 as she recounted her husband’s cheating ways. Her husband, B.M. Ford, had been treating her unkind…

The early Spokane region lacked qualified medical doctors. In frontier towns, anyone could nail a diploma on the wall and begin treating patients. Townspeople saw having a skilled doctor as important as a saloon or newspaper for the growth of their…

On July 1, 1899, Susan Glover returned to her new home at this spot to find all of her belongings out on the sidewalk. Glover was locked out of the house she had just bought. Glover's former husband, James Glover, was the city's most famous…

Eastern Washington Hospital for The Insane opened in 1891. The first 122 patients were transfers from Western Washington Hospital for The Insane. The hospital represented a break in the way that the mentally ill were cared for in Washington. The…

The population of the Upper Columbia Country exploded when gold was discovered along the banks of the Columbia River and its tributaries in the early 1850s. The first gold boom, the Colville Gold Strike, drew prospective miners from all over the…

The United States-Canadian border in the Pacific Northwest is clearly marked and border agents at defined crossing points regulate movement from one side to the other. This system is the direct result of the hard work done by the United States and…

The Spokane River is a vital resource that has attracted humans to the region for thousands of years. The river has provided food and fresh water for generations, but the arrival of white settlers in the late 1800s presented a substantial challenge…

It was the end of an era when Stockland Union Stockyards closed in 1999. Just off of North Freya, the area had been home to stockyards since 1915, when the Spokane Union Stockyards opened under the direction of brothers John H. and Walter D.…

Dick’s Drive-in is an iconic Spokane business. The drive up parking, the open air counter and the buildings silhouette call back to the googie architecture of a 1960’s California Drive-In. On the sign a panda holds a hamburger that is being pecked at…