This postcard depicts the Spokane’s Great Northern train station, which was also used by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. The water in the foreground is the Spokane River, as the train station was on Havermale Island.
Spokane had three train stations, one of which was right across the river from the GN station: Union Station, which served Union Pacific, Milwaukee Road, and Spokane International. The two stations are both visible in the postcard below, while a close-up of Union Station is below that.
Both of these stations were demolished for the 1974 Spokane Exposition, though the Great Northern clock tower was saved and remains in the park created after the expo.
The Northern Pacific station was located several blocks away from the other two and was the only one that served only one railroad. Although NP was, with GN, co-owner of the SP&S, it exchanged passenger cars with SP&S trains in Pasco, so it didn’t need to connect with the SP&S in Spokane.
When Amtrak took over passenger service, it decided to use the NP station. For a time, the station was painted an ugly greenish-blue color, but in 1994 it was restored into an “intermodal center” that service Amtrak, Greyhound, and Trailways. The photos below show the station in 1986 and after the restoration.