Browsing the "History" Tag

Tacoma-inspired Halloween costumes

October 26th, 2015 | by Kate Albert Ward

This year, forgo the debasing generic Halloween costume from a warehouse store in favor of a creative costume that displays your Tacoma pride. Join author Kate Albert Ward and local cartoonist R.R. Anderson in exploring just a few of the many possibilities for Tacoma-specific costumes


A sweet and hole-some history of Tacoma doughnuts

September 8th, 2015 | by Kate Albert Ward

Did you know that Tacoma was once home to "The Doughnut King?" Read this article by staff writer Kate Albert Ward to learn more about the enduring romance between Tacomans and this delectable treat.


Historic Tacoma shines the spotlight on our Armory Building

November 6th, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe

Over the years, Tacoma’s Armory, completed in 1908, has served primarily as quarters for cavalry and infantry troops, though it has also been a sporting events center, a concert hall, a graduation ceremony hall, a venue for presidential speechmaking, and a roller derby rink.


A Brace for Tacoma’s Giant Totem and My Weak Spine

September 26th, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, met on September 25th to vote on a design for the structural stabilization of the historic giant totem pole in Tacoma's Fireman’s Park. The plan was a good one, but was it the best?


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



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