Fight! Fight! Fight!
Derrick King illustration

Generally, we in the Inland Northwest handle our disagreements more or less civilly. We debate the issues, hold elections and leave nasty internet comments.

But other times?

Other times we roll up our sleeves and beat the hell out of somebody. Or we break windows, overturn milk trucks and set absolutely everything on fire.

But generally we only do that when we've got a good reason.

Like when Washington State University bans alcohol. Or when a musical festival falls apart. Or when a newspaper misspells a name. Or when it's 1892, and "Cucumber Pete" himself just walks into a new Sandpoint dance hall.

We've put together some of the biggest — and weirdest — instances of brawls and riots in the history of the Inland Northwest.

A Spokesman-Review reporter pops a politician on the floor of the Olympia legislature. A newspaper publisher, wielding iron typesetting tools, beats up city founders armed with pistols. Miners decide to negotiate their salaries using the rhetorical power of 4,000 pounds of dynamite. An incredibly rich elderly real-estate developer socks an attorney.

And if you don't like it? Then we'll settle things the old-fashioned way. After school. By the flagpole. Be there. Unless you're chicken.

Pick up this week's issue for all the action, or scroll through the links in the "News" section of

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About The Author

Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters is the Inlander's senior investigative reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...