Frontier Spokane Photo Responses
During the unit on business and industry in frontier Spokane, the students will be completing photo responses on a daily basis as their entry task. Being exposed to actual photographs of Spokane and the surrounding area in its earlier stages of development will enable the students to gain an appreciation of the development of the city in which they live.
The attached reprints of photographs have been selected based upon their relevance to studying the growth of business and industry in Spokane. The reprints of the photographs will be made into overhead transparencies with the excerpts blocked out so the students will not know what they are actually looking at until they have had a chance to observe the photos on their own. With each photograph, there will be a sheet of paper will relevant questions associated with the photo to get the students thinking about topics that will be covered within their group settings as we progress through the unit. The reproduced photographs included are:
- Spokane Falls in 1880 and James N. Glover
- The Spokane and Inland Empire Interurban station at Valleyford, circa 1900. Joe Henry’s flour mill on Hangman Creek circa 1900
- Milan mill on the West Branch of the Little Spokane River circa 1920.
- Early Spokane when the downtown area was occupied by more homes than businesses circa 1888
- Spokane City Hall and Fire Station #5
- A locomotive crossing the Parkview Trestle on the Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad
- Looking south on Howard Street circa 1888
- The California House 1878
- The aftermath of the fire in 1889
- The C and C Milling Co. at the falls
Most of the photographs were copied from the book, Spokane and the Inland Northwest: Historical Images by Tony Bamonte & Suzanne Schaffer Bamonte, Tornado Creek Publications Spokane, W A 1999.
Students will be given the questionnaire that corresponds with each photograph (one per day). The transparency will be placed on the overhead and the students will be given about five minutes to carefully look at the photograph and respond to the questions. The students will then be given two minutes to share their thoughts with another student. At the end of two minutes, large class discussion will take place regarding the specific questions and the teacher will give the necessary factual and background information related to the photograph and how it connects to our unit. All Frontier Photo Responses will be collected at the end of the unit.