Aerial Tacoma, 1961

This aerial view of Tacoma, taken from 1,200 feet, shows I-5 and the 38th Street cloverleaf as they appeared in January of 1961. The simple curve of the highway had not yet been complicated by the addition of the Highway 16 interchange. The houses to the left are surrounded on the north and west by…
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Valentines for Veterans

December 26th – January 27th, all Tacoma Public Library branches invite patrons to thank those who served in the military by creating valentines being sent to local Veteran Homes. • Materials provided • Schools, scouts, and community groups welcome to participate in library • Okay to make two! Take one home and leave the other…
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The Branding Iron, 1958

A distinctly Western motif greeted customers of the Branding Iron restaurant in January, 1958. Horseshoes, pistols, gates, and even a steer's head decorated the walls. Jukeboxes would be readily accessible for patrons to play their favorite tunes. Owned by Leo Balistreri and Ernie Zarelli, the Branding Iron was located at 8413 Pacific Avenue across the…
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