We can't say enough good things about the Tacoma Public Library. Not only are their online archives a wealth of knowledge accessible from anywhere on the web at anytime, their Northwest Room files hold a treasure trove of Tacoma history.
Tacoma in 1934 didn’t look as different as you’d think. Disregarding the dated cigarette ads and racist cartoons, showtimes for the Rialto theatre and political articles on how to lower taxes dominated The Tacoma Times.
In 1955 Kaiser Aluminum decided there was no better way to promote safety on the job than to have models—in bikinis—demonstrate proper equipment handling.
Look up Harold Bromley in the history books and you'll find photos of a man ready to take off for Tokyo from Tacoma Field.
What’s the best Christmas present you ever received? For Job Carr, it was probably finding the 138 acres that would become the city of Tacoma, which he claimed on Christmas Day of 1864.
In celebration of the Tacoma Dome’s recent renovation, we were invited to look through the archives at the Tacoma Dome to see what kinds of historical tidbits we could find. From David Bowie to the Backstreet Boys, Truckzilla to RV shows, the archives held all the Dome’s most cherished memories.
Just inside 5415 So. Tacoma Way you'll find wall art from a Chinese restaurant, graffiti from the building's medicinal marijuana growing days, a modern apartment, and a small glimpse of what was once the Realart Theater.