Pioneer Sand and Gravel

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A bird’s eye  of the sand and gravel operations belonging to the Pioneer Sand & Gravel Co. north of Chambers Creek near Steilacoom. This February 11, 1963, photograph shows the enormous gravel pit surrounded by acres of trees. The sand and gravel could be easily transported both by water with barges and by rail. See […]

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John N. Conna

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Ca.1890. John Newington Conna, wealthy real estate agent and head of the first black family in Tacoma. Born in San Augustine, Texas in 1836, Mr. Conna fought in the Civil War as part of the famed 1st Louisiana Native Guards before migrating north to Connecticut and then west to Kansas. In 1883 Mr. Conna journeyed […]

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Severe Winter Weather

Image of a snowy Tacoma street

January and February of 1929 brought severe winter weather to Tacoma with heavy snow and temperatures that dropped into the teens. Snow and slush piled up in the gutters of downtown Tacoma. This early February street scene shows Saint Helens Avenue looking north from S 7th. See more featured images and posts

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University of Hawaii Basketball Team

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The University of Hawaii's unbeaten basketball team visited Tacoma twice during February, 1948. They came to Tacoma as they began their five-game tour of the Pacific Northwest on February 19th. They left Tacoma that day and returned February 25th to play the Pacific Lutheran College's Lutes. The Lutes defeated the Hawaiians 65 - 54. The […]

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Tacoma Public Library, 1953

When this photo was taken in January 1953, Tacoma Public Library's new Main Library at 1102 Tacoma Ave South had been open for just over one year. Shown here is the check-out desk, where a man in a topcoat waits for his library book to be checked out to him by a library employee. Across […]

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Presidential Birthday Cake, 1937

In January 1937, polio victim Shirley Ford, Mayor George Smitley, and Model Bakery owner Gus C. Westerdale posed with a special cake created for the President Roosevelt Birthday Ball to benefit Infantile Paralysis (Polio) research. The cake was topped with a bust of FDR and would be put on display in the bakery's window. Young […]

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Fort Lewis, 1969

Army personnel could choose from cold and hot snacks at the built-in vending machines at Fort Lewis in January of 1969. Milk, sodas and ice cream were located near the right wall, and soups and dry snacks were on the left. Bright red chairs coupled with turquoise tables provided space to dine and gather.

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And now for something a little bit different: Northwest Room periodicals

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Your local library branch subscribes to a wide selection of newspapers and periodicals, but in the Main branch’s Northwest Room you can find magazines devoted to all things Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Titles include Mazama Monthly Bulletin, Sea Chest, Washington Thoroughbred, Wooden Boat and a variety of historical society newsletters. For the genealogist in […]

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Mother’s March, 1958

On January 20, 1958, ten women posed on the steps of the Tacoma Athletic Commission's headquarters on Ruston Way to support the Mothers March of Dimes annual campaign. Pierce County was very active in collecting funds for the March of Dimes, with areas of the county divided into several sections and campaigns carefully planned to solicit […]

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A Lover’s Oath, 1926

In January of 1926, an unidentified uniformed usherette stood at attention next to the ornate ticket booth within the exterior foyer of the Pantages Theater, located at 901 Broadway. The silent film "A Lover's Oath" starring Ramon Navarro and Kathleen Key opened at the Pantages on January 16, 1926 and ran for the traditional one […]

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