Diores Moore

On March 1, 1939 Diores Moore rose early, donned his Sunday clothes, started a fire in the wood-burning range, put on his wife's apron, and started cooking. He wanted to surprise his wife by making a special dinner for his 94th birthday. He did not want his wife to go to any extra effort. Eleven…
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Maefair Apartment Fire

The Maefair Apartment fire is the deadliest in Tacoma's history. Before dawn on February 17, 1945 fire broke out in the Hamilton Candy Company at 721 Fawcett Avenue. The fire quickly spread upstairs to the Maefair. By the time the first alarm was received at 2:12 a.m. the building was already engulfed in flames. Twenty…
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Olympic Health Spa

Exercise can be fun as this smiling model demonstrates on the BC Health Walker on March 10, 1967. The treadmill was just one of the up-to-date exercise machines at the new Olympic Health Spa, 5206 South Tacoma Way. Other amenities offered to membership holders in a February 24, 1967, advertisement included a hot mineral swirl pool…
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Pioneer Sand and Gravel

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

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

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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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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