Tornado Creek Publications

Tony Bamonte and Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte
P.O. Box 8625, Spokane, WA. 99203
509-838-7114 ....fax 509-455-6798

Specializing in Inland Northwest History

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Spokane, Our Early History: Under All Is The Land
by Tony and Suzanne Bamont

Published for the Spokane Association of Realtors' Centennial

This generously illustrated book offers a comprehensive history of the founding, development, destruction by fire, and subsequent rebuilding of Spokane, Washington, during its first 40 years (1871-1911). It describes the city's trials and tribulations, as well as its grand successes, as wealth from the nearby mining districts, vast forests, and rich agricultural lands poured into the city. In the beginning, as the first few settlers struggled to survive in suffocating isolation, they could hardly dream that within four decades a thriving metropolis and major railroad hub would emerge that boasted a population of nearly 100,000 - and today is home to nearly half a million people. Its historic palatial mansions and impressive commercial buildings, many of which are featured in the book, rival those of cities many times its size. This book tells the story of how the infrastructure, the commercial enterprises, the city park system, and the neighborhoods developed. It tells of the town's founders, developers, builders, architects, capitalists, and even some of the "characters," and includes brief biographies on a number of the most significant.

Seven Frontier Women and the Founding of Spokane Falls
by Barbara F. Cochran

Edited by Tony and Suzanne Bamonte


  Spokane's early history has now been told from the perspective of its "founding mothers." Seven remarkable women who made indelible marks during Spokane's early years are featured in this book. These biographical accounts typify what countless other women experienced who partook in the settlement of the American West. The author also provided detailed descriptions, illustrated with an abundance of photographs, of the town they helped settle as it evolved from its humble beginnings in 1873 as Spokane Falls into the largest metropolis between Minneapolis and Seattle.
Books by or with the Bamontes -
Life Behind the Badge The Spokane Police Department's
Founding Years, 1881-1903
Vintage Postcards From Old Spokane Spokane’s Legendary
Davenport Hotel

"Out of Print"
Spokane and the Inland Northwest: Historical Images Sheriffs,

"Out of Stock"

Manito Park:
A Reflection of
Spokane’s Past
Great American Wine "Out of Stock -- Revised edition coming soon" History of
Newport, Washington
Miss Spokane:
Elegant Ambassadors
and Their City
Books by other authors -
Published by Tornado Creek Publications unless noted otherwise
The Indomitable Francis H. Cook of Spokane:
A Man of Vision
The Spokane Aviation Story, 1910-1941
by James P. McGoldrick II

Harper Joy, Spokane's Man of Many Faces: Let the Show Begin
by Doris J. Woodward

Breaking Blue
Timothy Egan
WSU Military Veterans:
Heroes and Legends
by C. James Quann
Spokane Set In Stone: Selected Historical Monuments, Markers and Points of Interest In and Around Spokane
by Dick Jensen
The Way It Was
According to Chick:
Growing Up on the Spokane Indian Reservation
by Robert "Chick" Wynecoop

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