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During the past 20+ years, Tony and Suzanne Bamonte have developed an extensive body of work chronicling the early history of the Inland Northwest. Their writings contain thoroughly documented, interesting narrative (culled from untold hours of researching original resource material) and the plentiful use of historical photographs. Their focus has been on covering the most fascinating, entertaining, and noteworthy events from the region's rich history. For more, see ABOUT US.
Through Tornado Creek Publications, the Bamontes have edited and published books on various aspects of the region's history for other local authors. There is a treasure trove of history to be found among these wonderful books. See BOOKS BY OTHER AUTHORS.
New Release (April 2017)
New Release (June 2017)
Historic Wallace, Idaho, and My Unforeseen Ties
by Tony Bamonte
During the winter of 1883-84, following an announcement of a gold discovery, thousands of hopeful fortune seekers rush into the North Idaho wilderness. They fanned out along Prichard and Beaver creeks and the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, staking claims, developing mines, and building towns. This marked the start of the great Coeur d'Alene Mining District, one of the richest silver producers in the world. It has been said, "They came for the gold; but they stayed for the silver." READ MORE
Recent Best Sellers:
by Tony and Suzanne Bamonte
When this book was released just prior to the completion of the hotel's grand restoration project in 2001, it became an instant all-time best seller in Spokane. Having been out of print for several years, due to an ongoing demand, it was reprinted in November 2014. This book chronicles the history of the hotel, as well at its namesake, Louis M. Davenport, and his earlier enterprises in Spokane. READ MORE and see special price offer.
The Spokane Aviation Story, 1910-1941
by James P. McGoldrick II
During the early years, as Spokane developed a significant presence in the field of aviation, Jim McGoldrick had a fascination with flying and became a ace pilot himself at an early age. Jim's wife, Milaine, also became a proficient pilot and accompanied him on numerous long-distance travels. Because of Jim's passionate involvement, he was able to give firsthand accounts of many of the significant developments and events, including Charles Lindbergh's visit. He was the grandson of J. P. McGoldrick, who owned the largest sawmill in the area and was Spokane's largest employer for over 40 years. This book also includes an inside glimpse of the author's personal life. READ MORE
Spokane, Our Early History:
Under All Is The Land
by Tony and Suzanne Bamonte
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. READ MORE
A Little Boy's Night
by Tim and Becky Hattenburg
A riveting true-crime account of the ambush and killing of Mike and Frieda Kuntz in eastern Montana in 1937. After killing them in front of their five-year-old son, Larry, the murderer attempted to then beat the little boy to death with the revolver he had emptied on the parents. Over 70 years after the crime, Larry Kuntz, a longtime resident of Spokane, Washington, shared his story with the authors. READ MORE