Train Wreck

An automobile collided with a Northern Pacific train near the Shaffer Terminals on Commencement Bay in April 1946. Two people were seriously injured and rushed to Tacoma General Hospital. The train engineer stated that the train was travelling 20 miles per hour, the driver of the car must have felt that they had plenty of…
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Storytime with a Princess

On Saturday, March 3rd, Swasey Branch was visited by five members of the Daffodil Festival Royal Court.  Princess Araya, Princess Emily, Princess Kyla, Princess Alexis and Princess Taychaell spent time with children and their families reading stories, decorating crowns and posing for photos.  They also shared some special teapot skills, demonstrating their very best “handles…
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The First Tacoma Dome?

Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The aluminum sheathed dome would handle alumina under contract with Kaiser Aluminum. The Port expected 40,000 tons of alumina a month shipped from Australia. Long conveyors will transferred the alumina into the…
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Storytime with a Princess

On Saturday, March 30th, South Tacoma Branch had the pleasure of being visited by four Daffodil Princesses.  Princess Araya, Princess Lindsy, Princess Raegan and Queen Katie read stories, helped decorate crowns, made pinwheels and posed for pictures with all our young patrons.  They even helped the kids practice a “princess wave.”  It was a fun…
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Eggcellent Easter!

In March of 1926, three employees at the Washington Co-Operative Egg & Poultry Association Headquarters, (left to right) Mary Zack, Sarah Gruno and Esther Christoferson, demonstrated how to decorate Easter eggs. Sarah Gruno, in the center, is dyeing eggs with natural dyes made from vegetables, such as beets, spinach and coffee. Mary Zack is cutting…
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Prize Bunnies

McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed in 1968 holding the three bunnies that were given as special prizes at the Easter egg party that was held in Wright Park on the Friday before Easter. The Hilltop Multi-Service Center sponsored the giant Easter…
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