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Out with the Old Out with the Old

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
By July of 1959, demolition of the aging Gothic-styled Piece County Courthouse at 1012 South G Street was well underway. Lige Dickson & Co. began tearing down the old courthouse in June with cranes and wrecking balls bringing it down piece by piece over the next several weeks. I…
By July of 1959, demolition of the aging Gothic-styled Piece County Courthouse at 1012 South G Street was well underway. Lige Dickson & Co.…
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How to Cool Down in July How to Cool Down in July

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On July 17, 1941, Ed Kinderbeck, ice handler at Tacoma Ice Company, cools-off on a block of ice as the temperature in Tacoma reaches 94.2 degrees. Slight relief came in the evening with a tremendous lightning show and thunderstorm accompanied by large, lukewarm rain drops. The f…
On July 17, 1941, Ed Kinderbeck, ice handler at Tacoma Ice Company, cools-off on a block of ice as the temperature in Tacoma reaches 94.2 d…
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The First Block Party The First Block Party

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On a warm summer evening, July 14th, 1920, the residents of Trafton Street between 6th Ave and South 8th Street were treated to Tacoma's first Block Party. The party was hosted by the Community Service Club in an effort to end the isolation of city life and help neighbors get to…
On a warm summer evening, July 14th, 1920, the residents of Trafton Street between 6th Ave and South 8th Street were treated to Tacoma's fi…
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Missing Grizzly Missing Grizzly

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Not wanting to cause a panic, the management of the Point Defiance Park zoo did not immediately notify the public when a 600 pound grizzly bear escaped from his cage in July of 1937. Several men inspected the bear's cage, but were unable to determine how he had managed to escape…
Not wanting to cause a panic, the management of the Point Defiance Park zoo did not immediately notify the public when a 600 pound grizzly …
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Acrobatic Attitude Acrobatic Attitude

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
A member of western singer and motion picture actor Gene Autry's troupe, likely acrobatic dancer Audrey Haus, displays one of her talents backstage at the College of Puget Sound Fieldhouse on July 15, 1949. Gene Autry had brought his troupe of western stars and radio entertainer…
A member of western singer and motion picture actor Gene Autry's troupe, likely acrobatic dancer Audrey Haus, displays one of her talents b…
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Federated Improvement Club Federated Improvement Club

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The Federated Improvement Clubs were "United for a Bigger and Better Tacoma" according to their entry in the 1925 Fourth of July parade. These clubs sought to not only improve their own neighborhoods but to boost the city as a whole. Clubs included the Union & 6th Ave. Club, Cle…
The Federated Improvement Clubs were "United for a Bigger and Better Tacoma" according to their entry in the 1925 Fourth of July parade. Th…
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A New Grizzly at the Zoo A New Grizzly at the Zoo

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Two women peer cautiously through the bars of a shipping crate that was just delivered to the Point Defiance Zoo. The June 27, 1938 News Tribune announced the arrival in Tacoma of a two year old female grizzly bear. She had come from Yellowstone National Park, and was to join th…
Two women peer cautiously through the bars of a shipping crate that was just delivered to the Point Defiance Zoo. The June 27, 1938 News Tr…
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A Page from the Extinction Collection: P… A Page from the Extinction Collection: Phone Books

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In June of 1941, Harriett Peterson, a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employee, was photographed while perched on top of a stack of 2,000 copies of the new Tacoma telephone directory. Eighty five distributors began delivering the directories on June 26, 1941. The July, 1941 dire…
In June of 1941, Harriett Peterson, a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employee, was photographed while perched on top of a stack of 2,000 c…
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Bump the Axis Bump the Axis

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
When President F.D. Roosevelt called for a nationwide scrap rubber collection campaign to take place June 15-30, 1942, Tacoma's fishing fleet responded by giving up their boat bumpers to "Bump" the Axis. Rubber recycling was necessary because 92% of the U.S.'s normal supply of c…
When President F.D. Roosevelt called for a nationwide scrap rubber collection campaign to take place June 15-30, 1942, Tacoma's fishing fle…
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Cushman Indian Hospital Commissary Fire Cushman Indian Hospital Commissary Fire

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On June 21, 1938, firemen watch as the side of a building collapses and smoke billows from inside. The $30,000 fire on June 20-21 at the United States Cushman Indian Hospital destroyed the hospital commissary, a two and 1/2 story, wood frame building. The intense flames lit up t…
On June 21, 1938, firemen watch as the side of a building collapses and smoke billows from inside. The $30,000 fire on June 20-21 at the Un…
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Sioux Sioux

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The tugboat "Sioux" chugs powerfully through the waves as she undergoes sea trials on June 29, 1970. Launched at Martinac Shipbuilding on June 13th along with sister tug, "Seneca", she would be used to haul barges to the oil fields of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. See more featured imag…
The tugboat "Sioux" chugs powerfully through the waves as she undergoes sea trials on June 29, 1970. Launched at Martinac Shipbuilding on J…
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Fathers and Sons Fathers and Sons

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
To honor fathers and sons of University Place and Day Island communities, the University Place School sponsored a banquet on March 2, 1934. The program included music by Fred May's orchestra, Boy Scout demonstrations and motion pictures on scouting, boxing and songs. See more fe…
To honor fathers and sons of University Place and Day Island communities, the University Place School sponsored a banquet on March 2, 1934.…
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Tray Vittles - Yum! Tray Vittles - Yum!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In June of 1954, customers at Scotty's Cafe, 29 Tacoma Ave. North, could purchase Tray Vittles, "delicious foods served conveniently", packaged in easy-to-carry boxes. The complete hot dinners, which might have included soup, burgers & fries, turkey and mashed potatoes, and a la…
In June of 1954, customers at Scotty's Cafe, 29 Tacoma Ave. North, could purchase Tray Vittles, "delicious foods served conveniently", pack…
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Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsey

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey celebrated his 49th birthday while visiting Tacoma in support of the 5th War Bond drive. The guest of honor at a dinner held at the Hotel Winthrop, Dempsey was surprised by the appearance of a cake since he had not mentioned it was his birthday. H…
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey celebrated his 49th birthday while visiting Tacoma in support of the 5th War Bond drive. The guest of honor…
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Denn Powder Company Explosion Denn Powder Company Explosion

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Two massive explosions at the Denn Powder Co. dynamite plant eight miles northeast of Olympia, on June 27, 1934, killed ten people outright and injured six. Packing room employee O.R. Mitchell displays a damaged time clock with its hands stopped at 3:55, the time of the blasts. …
Two massive explosions at the Denn Powder Co. dynamite plant eight miles northeast of Olympia, on June 27, 1934, killed ten people outright…
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