The Garland Milk Bottle

The Garland Milk Bottle

The Garland Milk Bottle stands on the corner of N. Post Ave. and W. Garland Ave. in the Garland District of Spokane, WA.

In 1917, Paul Newport opened a dairy business in St. Maries, ID, naming his company after a Coeur d’Alene Indian chief. In 1922 he moved his business; the Benewah Creamery Company; to Spokane.

Novelty architecture was especially popular in the 20s and 30s, Mr. Newport originally planned to build six milk bottle buildings, but only two were completed. He hired the architectural firm of Whitehouse and Price to design the milk bottles. Completed in 1935, both buildings are 38’ tall and 15’ wide at the base and cost $3,700.00 to build (about $66,620.00 in 2018 dollars). The other milk bottle known as the Benewah Milk Bottle is in the central business district of Spokane.

The Garland Milk Bottle is currently the home of Marylou’s Milk Bottle restaurant. They are known for their diner-style food, milkshakes, and ice-cream.

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Ritzville City Center Sign

Ritzville City Center Sign

Ritzville City Center Sign

This sign directs visitors to the main shopping and historic district in Ritzville. The sign was restored in 2012 by the Ritzville Downtown Development Association, you can read about it here. The Downtown Ritzville Historic District contains 27 properties that were built in between 1889 and 1935.

The Ruby Theater

The Ruby Theater

The Ruby Theater

Built in 1913 and named for the daughter of the 1st manager; the Ruby Theater is located in downtown Chelan. It is one of the oldest movie/vaudeville theaters in the state and has been showing movies almost continually since opening. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

For movie times and information check their website.

Ginkgo Gem Shop

Ginkgo Gem Shop Sign

Ginkgo Gem Shop Sign

In operation since 1973, the Ginkgo Gem Shop is a family owned and operated business located in Vantage, WA next to the Columbia River and the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. They sell fossils, minerals, gems, crystals, petrified wood and other rock related doodads. They also have some large dinosaurs lurking around the outside of their building. Check them out at: ginkgogemshop.com or on Facebook.