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Railroadman paved the way for historic hotel

Dec 4th, 2012 | By

In 1882, Charles B. Wright, who throughout most of the 1880s controlled the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Tacoma Land Company, ordered construction of an “exceptional” hotel in Tacoma. He wanted it to demonstrate to guests that they had reached an important destination. The Northern Pacific Railroad’s line from St. Paul to the Columbia River

Lemon Beach: How sweet thy name

Nov 10th, 2012 | By

Long before it was Lemon Beach, this strip of land in University Place was just a piece of property settled in the 1870s by Baptist missionary Father Rudolph Weston and his wife, who had married in 1851 and crossed the plains from Connecticut in 1852. Their quarter-section claim along the Narrows included most of the

When the Judsons arrived

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Judson, their sons Peter and John and niece Gertrude Meller left Galena, Illinois in April 1853, by wagon train and joined the Longmire party. After an indescribably difficult trip over the Cascades and Naches Pass, they all rested along Clover Creek. The Judsons eventually continued on to the prairie land south

Being Chinese in Tacoma: 1870s and 1880s

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
Being Chinese in Tacoma: 1870s and 1880s

In the late 1870s and early 1880s, the “Tacoma Herald” was a short-lived, weekly newspaper with a section dedicated to what the residents were doing. Inside the paper, on the left side of page 4 was a column called “Local Intelligence,”