Browsing the "History" Category

How the Mighty Have (Almost) Fallen

May 10th, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe

The giant totem pole in Fireman’s Park near Old City Hall is fatally deteriorated, and no longer structurally stable. Any dead tree, no matter how intricately carved or fancifully painted, would rot and topple after 110 years of exposure to Tacoma weather. It should not come as a surprise that this particular 83-foot-tall log is crawling with carpenter ants and mushy to the core


Historic Streets?

April 3rd, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe

The City of Tacoma is considering a proposal to designate the pavement on certain streets in the North Slope area as protected historic features - specifically, the stony slopes of North 9th, 10th and 11th Streets between North K Street and North G street


Waiting for “The Big One”

March 12th, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe

The Pacific Northwest is a cleverly alluring natural death trap. With an agreeably mild climate and natural beauty that combines endless coastline with icy mountain peaks and abundant flora and fauna, it is easy to forget that the very earth that spawns us seems particularly eager to bury us or shake us to death


Son of Tacoma, father of Dune

January 16th, 2013 | by Erik Hanberg

He wrote one of the bestselling science fiction novels ever. He won both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards – the two most prestigious awards in science fiction. NASA has officially approved the naming of geographic features on after words coined by him


Notre Nouvelle Sœur, Biot

September 10th, 2012 | by Katy Evans

Ah, Tacoma: defined by mountain and harbor proximity; a proud glassblowing tradition; local farm, food, and libation obsession; hills; museums; a preoccupation with revitalization; and bricks. And perhaps a few other things. But although no two places are the same, that doesn’t mean that Tacoma is without family -- and by family, I mean sisters. Welcome the French town Biot into the fold this fall


“Martial Law Looms in Tacoma”

September 10th, 2012 | by Daniel Rahe

The summer of 1935 gripped Tacoma in a frenzy of unrest. Thousands regularly took to the streets in protest of labor disparities, leading to the deployment of National Guard troops. Tear gas was used liberally. Citizens and policemen traded blows on 11th Street and on the deck of the lift bridge we now know as the Murray Morgan Bridge. Meanwhile, the lumber mills lining the city waterway ran on shoestring capacity, or not at all



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