|Spokane people lined up to receive food in front of Loenberg's Store,|
Spokane, Washington, 1887
The other thing I love is the simple fact that there is an exact location provided: "Lomberg's store, Southeast corner of Howard Street and Front Avenue." So often the location of historic photographs is a matter of guesswork, and my work with Spokane Historical has made me acutely aware of the value of precise locations. Front Avenue was renamed Spokane Falls Boulevard for Expo '74.
A fun thing to when you do have an exact location for a historic photograph is to go into Google Street View and see what the scene looks like today:
Boo Radley's! A fun little local shop with funky gifts--my teenaged some loves the place, as do I. The building in the 1879 photo is long gone, of course, probably burned in the fire ten years later. I will think of that photograph every time I walk past this corner.