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After nearly ten years of planning, the Columbia Basin Highway finally opened through Ritzville in 1939. This highway was later known as US-10, and today as I-90. This cross-state highway brought numerous business opportunities to area residents and entrepreneurs.

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After nearly ten years of planning, the Columbia Basin Highway finally opened through Ritzville in 1939. This highway was later known as US-10, and today as I-90. This cross-state highway brought numerous business opportunities to area residents and entrepreneurs. One of the most prolific business upstarts was the service station. This was in an era when the cleanliness of your restrooms or your selection of automotive accessories might make the difference between making a sale or seeing a potential customer pull into the gas station across the street or on either side of you.  Reports of a gas station on every corner still flourish among the older generation.

Other business opportunities included café’s, restaurants, roadside diners, hotels, motels, auto courts, tires stores and others. A great collection of historic and nostalgic photos have been assembled to depict these businesses and more. They will provide the reader with a pictorial overview of one of Ritzville’s most interesting periods of growth and history.

Some of the historic photos depicted in this work include:

  • German American State Bank
  • New Ritz Theater
  • Circle T Inn
  • Ritzville Auto Park
  • Dessert Hotel
  • Ritzville High School
  • Whisperin’ Palms
  • Ritzville Hotel
  • Ritzville Library
  • Ritzville Pastime
  • Star Hotel
  • Windsor Hotel
  • Top Hat Motel
  • Womack Hotel
  • West Side Motel
  • Colwell Motel
  • Cottage Motel
  • Tiller’s Cabins
  • Ritzville Ag Shop
  • Richfield gas station
  • Washington Chief gas station
  • Walenta Shell gas station
  • Warsinske gas Station
  • Streeter’s Standard Station
  • Oasis Oil & Gas Station
  • Standard Tire & Service Station
  • Milner’s Texaco Station
  • Treadwell’s Shell Station & Restaurant
  • Ward’s Super Service
  • Lightel’s Standard Station
  • Bruno’s Union Station
  • Red Star Texaco Station
  • McFarland’s Conoco Station
  • Economy Station
  • Associated (Flying “A”) gas station
  • Mobil gas station
  • Utoco Service Station
  • Oil distributors and bulk plants
  • Ritzville Ice & Creamery
  • Parades
  • Benzel Ford Sales
  • Rehn Motor
  • Chris Rieker Buick Agency
  • Ott & Zander Chevrolet
  • Hoefel Ford
  • Ritzville Garage
  • Columbia Basin Motors
  • Rogel Motor
  • Hand’s Café
  • Lan’s Café
  • Womack’s Café
  • Harris Bros. Livery & Feed
  • Adams County Fair
  • Ritzville Flouring Mills
  • Main Street views
  • Parades
  • Lee Block
  • Gilson Building
  • Ritzville State Bank
  • Rosenoff & Co Druggists
  • Thiel’s Cigar Shop
  • Ritzville Trading
  • Myers Shepley &

And many other historic photos.

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Hardcover, Softcover