|City of Tacoma|
|Nickname: The City of Destiny|
Location of Tacoma in
Pierce County and Washington State
|- Mayor||Bill Baarsma (D)|
|- Total||62. A nickname is a Name of an entity or thing that is not its Proper name. Wikipedia talkFeatured lists for an explanation of this and other inclusion tags below -->This list of countries, arranged alphabetically The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The political units and divisions of the United States include The 50 states (four of these being officially styled as Commonwealths) which are typically Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. There are 39 counties in the US state of Washington. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory Pierce County is the second most populous county in the US state of Washington. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "greater" is a modern title used in many countries for the highest ranking officer in a municipal government Bill Baarsma ( Democrat) is the mayor of Tacoma Washington. He was elected mayor in 2002. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Area is a Quantity expressing the two- Dimensional size of a defined part of a Surface, typically a region bounded by a closed Curve. 6 sq mi (162. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 2 km²)|
|- Land||50. To help compare Orders of magnitude of different geographical regions we list here areas between 1000 km2 and 10000 km2 1 sq mi (129. 7 km²)|
|- Water||12. 5 sq mi (32. 5 km²)|
|Elevation||243 ft (74 m)|
|- Total||201,700 (city proper)|
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Tacoma (pronounced /təˈkoʊmə/) is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The Pacific Time Zone observes Standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC-8) UTC−8 is a band of Timezones separated from the Universal Coordinated Time by 8 hours Daylight saving time ( DST The Pacific Time Zone observes Standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC-8) UTC−7 can be observed in Mountain Standard Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time Zone Canada A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating Telephone number ranges to countries regions areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks Area code 253 is a telephone dialing code in Washington for the suburbs south of Seattle and of the southern Puget Sound area centered at Tacoma Federal Information Processing Standards ( FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military The Geographic Names Information System ( GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. Pierce County is the second most populous county in the US state of Washington. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. Puget Sound (ˈpjuːʤᵻt is an arm of the Pacific Ocean, connected to the rest of the Pacific by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in the Pacific Northwest A mile is a unit of Length, usually used to measure Distance, in a number of different systems including Imperial units United States The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand Olympia is the Capital of Washington and is the County seat of Thurston County. Mount Rainier National Park is a United States National Park located in southeast Pierce County and northeast Lewis County in Washington The population was 193,556 at the 2000 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state.
Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally called Mount Tacoma or Mount Tahoma. Mount Rainier is an active Stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano in Pierce County Washington, located southeast of Seattle, Washington It is known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s. The Northern Pacific Railway was a railway that operated in the north-central region of the United States. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring Commencement Bay. Commencement Bay is a Bay of Puget Sound in the US state of Washington. By connecting the bay with the railroad Tacoma’s motto became “When rails meet sails. ” Today Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast. A major maritime cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska the Port of Tacoma is a leading North American seaport handling more than $36 International trade is exchange of Capital, Goods, and Services across International borders or Territories. A country's Pacific coast is the part of its Coast facing the Pacific Ocean.
Like most central cities, Tacoma suffered a prolonged decline in the mid-20th century as a result of suburbanization, divestment, and federal urban renewal programs. Suburbanization (or suburbanisation) is a term used to describe the process of population movement from within towns and cities to the rural-urban fringe Urban Renewal (similar to Urban Regeneration in British English) is a controversial U Recently the city has been undergoing a renaissance, investing in the downtown core to establish the University of Washington, Tacoma; Tacoma Link, the first modern electric light rail service in the state; various art and history museums; and a restored inlet, the Thea Foss Waterway. The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma is one of three campuses in the University of Washington system located in Tacoma, south of the main campus History A century ago Tacoma like many American cities had an extensive rail transit system For specific light rail systems many of which use the words "light rail" as part of their name see List of light-rail transit systems. The Thea Foss Waterway is a planned waterfront community in downtown Tacoma Washington that is currently under development
With a long history of blue-collar labor politics — from the railroad workers of the 1800s, to the longshoremen of the 20th century, to the Labor Ready workers of today — Tacoma has long been known for its rough, gritty image. Labor Ready Inc, based in Tacoma Washington, is the United States ' largest provider of temporary manual labor to the construction industry other light 
Tacoma-Pierce County has been named one of the most livable areas in the country.  Tacoma was also recently listed as the 19th most walkable cities in the country (19th).  In contrast, the city is also ranked as the most stressed-out city in the country in a 2004 survey.  However, in 2006, women's magazine Self named Tacoma the "Most Sexually Healthy City" in the United States. 
Tacoma was inhabited for thousands of years by American Indians, predominantly the Puyallup people, who lived in settlements on the delta of the Puyallup River and called the area Squa-szucks. Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States The Puyallup are a Native American tribe from western Washington state U The Puyallup River (pronounced pyoo-AL-uhp) is a River in the U It was visited by European and American explorers, including George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes, who named many of the coastal landmarks. Captain George Vancouver Charles Wilkes ( April 3, 1798 &ndash February 8, 1877) was an American naval officer and explorer.
In 1852 a Swede named Nicolas Delin constructed a sawmill powered by water on a creek near the head of Commencement Bay, but the small settlement that grew up around it was abandoned during the Indian War of 1855-1856. In 1864, pioneer and postmaster Job Carr, a Civil War veteran and land speculator who hoped to profit from the selection of Commencement Bay as the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, built a cabin (a replica of Job Carr's cabin, which also served as Tacoma's first post office, was erected in "Old Town" in 2000 near the original site), and later sold most of his claim to developer Morton McCarver (1807-1875), who named his project Tacoma City. The name derived from the indigenous name for Mount Rainier, deriving from the Puyallup tacobet, "mother of waters". Mount Rainier is an active Stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano in Pierce County Washington, located southeast of Seattle, Washington
Tacoma was incorporated on November 12, 1875. Events 764 - Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days Year 1875 ( MDCCCLXXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Its hopes to be the "City of Destiny" were stimulated by selection in 1873 as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, thanks to lobbying by McCarver and others. The Northern Pacific Railway was a railway that operated in the north-central region of the United States. The transcontinental link was effected in 1887, but the railroad built its depot on "New Tacoma", two miles (3km) south of the Carr-McCarver development. The two communities grew together and joined. The population grew from 1,098 in 1880 to 36,006 in 1890. Rudyard Kipling visited Tacoma in 1889 and said it was "literally staggering under a boom of the boomiest". Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 was an English Author and poet 
George Francis Train was a resident for a few years in the late 1800s. George Francis Train ( March 24, 1829 &ndash January 5, 1904) was a businessman author and an eccentric figure in American In 1880, he staged a global circumnavigation starting and ending in Tacoma to promote the city. A plaque in downtown Tacoma marks the start/finish line.
What came to be known as "Tacoma method" was used in November 1885 to expel several thousand Chinese peaceably living in the city. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National As described by the account prepared by the Chinese Reconciliation Project, on the morning of November 3, 1885, "several hundred men, led by the mayor and other city officials, evicted the Chinese from their homes, corralled them at 7th Street and Pacific Avenue, marched them to the railway station at Lakeview and forced them aboard the morning train to Portland, Oregon. Events 644 - Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim Caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina. Year 1885 ( MDCCCLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers The next day two Chinese settlements were burned to the ground. "
The discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898 led Tacoma's prominence in the region to be eclipsed by the booming development of Seattle.
During a 30-day power shortage in the winter of 1929/1930, Tacoma was provided with electricity from the engines of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. Construction The Lexington is named after the battle of Lexington that took place in Lexington Massachusetts in 1775
In 1935 Tacoma received national attention when George Weyerhaeuser, nine-year-old son of prominent lumber industry executive J. The kidnapping of nine-year-old George Weyerhaeuser in 1935 shocked the city of Tacoma Washington. P. Weyerhaeuser, was kidnapped while walking home from school. FBI agents from Portland handled the case, in which payment of a ransom of $200,000 secured release of the victim. Four persons were apprehended and convicted. The last to be released was paroled from McNeil Island in 1963; George Weyerhaeuser went on to become chairman of the Board of the Weyerhaeuser Company. McNeil Island is an Island in southern Puget Sound, located just west of Steilacoom, Washington at, with a land area of 17 Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest pulp and paper companies in the world the world's largest private owner of Softwood Timberland
In 1951, an investigation by a state legislative committee revealed widespread corruption in Tacoma's government, which had been organized commission-style since 1910. Voters approved a mayor/city-manager system in 1952.
The first local referendums in the U. S. on computerized voting occurred in Tacoma in 1982 and 1987. On both occasions, voters rejected 3-1 the computer voting systems that local officials sought to purchase. The campaigns, organized by Eleanora Ballasiotes, a conservative Republican, focused on the vulnerabilities of computers to fraud. 
In 1998, Tacoma installed a high-speed fiber optic network throughout the community. The municipally owned power company wired the city of 187,000 people, making Tacoma America's #1 wired city.
Tacoma struggled with crime in its Hilltop neighborhood in the 1980s and early 1990s.  The problems have declined in recent years as neighborhoods have enacted community policing and other policies. Mayor Bill Baarsma is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets. Bill Baarsma ( Democrat) is the mayor of Tacoma Washington. He was elected mayor in 2002. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition is a coalition of Mayors from 225 different United States cities, with a stated goal of "making the public safer In a Two-party system (such as in the United States) bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a " The coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the mayor of Boston Massachusetts, United States and the city's first The City of New York Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman and the Mayor of New York City.
On April 26, 2003, Tacoma's chief of police David Brame shot his wife and then killed himself in Gig Harbor, Washington. Events 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. David Brame was the former police chief of Tacoma Washington. Gig Harbor is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. His wife died from injuries a few days later. 
In 2004, Tacoma was ranked among the top 30 Most Livable Communities in 2004, in an annual survey conducted by the Partners for Livable Communities.
Beginning in the early 1990s, Tacoma has taken steps to revitalize itself and its image, especially downtown.
The University of Washington established a branch campus in Tacoma in 1990. See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University The same year, Union Station was restored. The Museum of Glass opened in downtown Tacoma in 2002, showing glass art from the region and around the world. The Museum of Glass (MoG is a museum dedicated to the medium of glass art located in Tacoma Washington. Glass in the common sense refers to a Hard, Brittle, transparent Solid, such as that used for Windows many It includes a glassblowing studio.
Tacoma's downtown Cultural District is the site of the Washington State History Museum (1996) and the Tacoma Art Museum (2003). The Washington State History Museum is located in downtown Tacoma, Washington. In May 2003 Tacoma Art Museum opened a new facility twice the size of its previous home allowing the museum to expand on its vision and mission America's Car Museum is currently breaking ground in Tacoma. The LeMay - America's Car Museum is a museum currently in the city of Tacoma Washington. The glass and steel Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center opened in November 2004. The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, is located in Tacoma Washington and is accessible via Interstate 705. 
Downtown Tacoma has a thriving Theatre District, anchored by the 89-year-old Pantages Theater. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts manages the Pantages, the Rialto Theater, and the Theatre on the Square. Other attractions include the Grand Cinema and the Temple Theatre.
The area around the Theatre District has become the center of Tacoma's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture. LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual Two of the city's gay bars are here as well as the Rainbow Center. 
Tacoma is at  Its elevation is 116 metres (380 ft). The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit(47. 241371, -122. 459389).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has 62. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 6 square miles (162. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 1 km²). Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 50. 1 square miles (129. 8 km²) is land and 12. 5 square miles (32. 4 km²) water. The total area is 20. 01% water.
Tacoma has its feet in Commencement Bay, with several cities surrounding it. Large portions of Tacoma have excellent views of Mt. Rainier.
The city is near several military installations, including Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Fort Lewis is a Census-designated place and United States Army post located in Pierce County Washington, United States. McChord Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Pierce County Washington.
|City of Tacoma|
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As of the census of 2000, there were 193,556 people, 76,152 households, and 45,919 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,864. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 9 people per square mile (1,492. 3/km²). There were 81,102 housing units at an average density of 1,619. 4/sq mi (625. 3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60. 25% White, 12. 17% African American, 2. 01% Native American, 8. 23% Asian, 0. 93% Pacific Islander, 3. 02% from other races, and 6. 28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7. 11% of the population. 13. 2% were of German, 7. The German people (Deutsche are an Ethnic group, in the sense of sharing a common German culture, descent and speaking the German language as 7% Irish, 6. The Irish people ( Irish: Muintir na hÉireann, na hÉireannaigh, na Gaeil) are a Western European Ethnic group who originate 8% English, 5. The English people (from the adjective in Englisc) are a Nation and Ethnic group native to England who predominantly speak English 5% Norwegian and 5. Norwegians See also History of Norway and Demography of Norway. 4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the 83. 9% spoke English, 4. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States 9% Spanish, 1. 8% Korean, 1. This article is mainly about the spoken Korean language See Hangul for details on the native Korean writing system 7% Mon-Khmer or Cambodian, 1. The Mon-Khmer languages are the autochthonous Language family of Southeast Asia. Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ or Cambodian, is the language of the Khmer people and the official language of Cambodia. 7% Vietnamese and 1. Vietnamese ( tiếng Việt, or less commonly Việt ngữ) formerly known under French colonization as Annamese ( see Annam) 2% German as their first language. The German language (de ''Deutsch'') is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages.
There were 76,152 households in Tacoma in 2000; 30. 9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41. 6% were married couples living together, 13. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39. 7% were non-families. Almost one third of households (31. 7%) were made up of individuals living alone; 10. 4% of these were 65 years of age or older. The average household size in 2000 was 2. 45 and the average family size was 3. 10.
In the city the population was spread out with 25. 8% under 18, 10. 4% from 18 to 24, 31. 6% from 25 to 44, 20. 3% from 45 to 64, and 11. 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34. For every 100 females there were 95. 2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92. 3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,879, and the median income for a family was $45,567. Males had a median income of $35,820, versus $27,697 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,130. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 11. 4% of families and 15. 9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 6% of those under the age of 18 and 10. 9% of those 65 and older.
Four years later, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated that Tacoma's population had increased by 1. 7%, to 196,800 (Trends, No. D3 [September 2004])
The government of the City of Tacoma operates under a council-manager system. The city council consists of an elected Mayor (Bill Baarsma) and eight elected council members, five from individual city council districts and three others from the city at-large. The Tacoma City Council is the major governing body in the city of Tacoma Washington 2008 Members Bill Baarsma, Mayor Rick Bill Baarsma ( Democrat) is the mayor of Tacoma Washington. He was elected mayor in 2002. All serve four-year terms and are elected in odd-numbered years. The council adopts and amends city laws, approves a two-year budget, establishes city policy, appoints citizens to boards and commissions, and performs other actions. The council also meets in "standing committees", which break down the council's work into more defined areas, such as "Environment & Public Works", "Neighborhoods & Housing", and "Public Safety & Human Services". The council meets as a whole most Tuesdays at 5:00 p. m. in the Council Chambers at 747 Market St. Most meetings are open to the public and provide for public input.
Beginning in the 1930s, Tacoma became known for the "Tacoma Aroma", a distinctive, acrid odor produced by paper manufacturing on the industrial tide flats. A major maritime cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska the Port of Tacoma is a leading North American seaport handling more than $36 Commencement Bay is a Bay of Puget Sound in the US state of Washington. The Pacific Northwest is a region in the northwest of North America (the term refers to the land not the ocean Russell Investments is a privately held subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual and is headquartered in Tacoma, Wash Labor Ready Inc, based in Tacoma Washington, is the United States ' largest provider of temporary manual labor to the construction industry other light Paper is thin material mainly used for writing upon printing upon or packaging In the late 1990s, Simpson Tacoma Kraft reduced total sulfur emissions by 90%. This largely eliminated the problem; where once the aroma was ever-present, it is now only noticeable occasionally, primarily when the wind is coming from the west.
U.S. Oil and Refining operates an oil refinery on the tide flats in the Port of Tacoma. US Oil & Refining Co is an Oil refinery located in the tideflats of Tacoma, Washington. An oil refinery is an industrial Process plant where Crude oil is processed and refined into more useful Petroleum products, such as Gasoline A major maritime cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska the Port of Tacoma is a leading North American seaport handling more than $36 Built in Tacoma in 1952, it currently refines 39,000 barrels of petroleum per day. A barrel or cask is a hollow cylindrical container traditionally made of Wood Staves and bound with Iron Hoops The
The Tacoma Mall is the largest shopping center in Tacoma. The Tacoma Mall is the largest shopping center in Tacoma Washington. It is owned by Simon Property Group. Simon Property Group Inc ( an S&P 500 company headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana, is the largest developer of Shopping malls in the United Anchor tenants include JC Penney, Sears, Macy's, and Nordstrom. J C Penney Company Inc ( most commonly known today by the name JCPenney or simply Penneys) is a mid-range chain of American Department stores Sears Roebuck and Company, commonly known as Sears, is an American mid-range chain of International Department stores founded by Richard Macy's is a chain of mid-range American Department stores Its Flagship store in Herald Square, New York City has been billed Nordstrom Inc ( is an upscale Department store chain in the United States.
Tacoma's system of transportation is based primarily on the automobile. The majority of the city has a system of gridded streets oriented in relation to A Street (one block east of Pacific Avenue) and Sixth Avenue, both beginning in downtown Tacoma. The grid plan or gridiron plan is a type of City plan in which Streets run at right angles to each other forming a grid. Downtown Tacoma is located primarily between Pacific Avenue and St Within the city, numbered streets run east to west and are labeled "North" or "South" according to their relationship with Sixth Avenue or Division Street. (West of Division, Sixth Avenue is the lowest-numbered street. ) North- and south-running streets are given a name or a letter, and are also labeled "North" or "South" in relation to Sixth Avenue. This can lead to confusion, as many named streets intersect streets of the same number in both North and South Tacoma. For example, the intersection of South 11th Street and Union Avenue is just ten blocks south of North 11th Street and Union Avenue. To the east of the Thea Foss waterway and A Street, streets are similarly divided into "East" and "Northeast", with 0 Street East being equivalent to the Pierce-King line. "Northeast" covers a small wedge of Tacoma and unincorporated Pierce County lying on the hill across the tideflats from downtown. This numeric system extends to the furthest reaches of Pierce County, except for the Key Peninsula, which retains the north-south streets but chooses the Pierce-Kitsap line as the zero point for east-west streets. The Key Peninsula ("The KP" or "The Key" to some locals is a finger of land in Puget Sound, Washington, United States. In portions of the city dating back to the Tacoma Streetcar Period (1888-1938), denser mixed use business districts exist alongside single family homes. Twelve such districts have active, city-recognized business associations and hold "small town"-style parades and other festivals. The Proctor, Old Town, Dome, Sixth Avenue, Stadium and Lincoln Business Districts are some of the more prominent and popular of these and coordinate their efforts to redevelop urban villages through the Cross District Association of Tacoma. Sixth Avenue is a major Avenue in Tacoma, Washington which throughout a large portion of the city provides the division between the north and south numbered streets In newer portions of the city to the west and south, residential cul-de-sacs, four-lane collector roads and indoor shopping centers are more commonplace. "Dead End Street" redirects here For the song by The Kinks see Dead End Street (song.
The dominant intercity transportation link between Tacoma and other parts of the Puget Sound is Interstate 5, which links Tacoma with Seattle to the north and Portland, Oregon, to the south. Interstate 5 in Washington (I-5 is a highway in the US state of Washington that extends from its border with Oregon to its border with Canada Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers State Route 16 runs along a concrete viaduct through Tacoma's Nalley Valley, connecting Interstate 5 with Central and West Tacoma, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Kitsap Peninsula. State Route 16 is a State highway in Washington, USA It extends just over 27 miles (43 km from Tacoma in the southeast to Gorst The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of mile-long Suspension bridges in the U The Kitsap Peninsula is an arm of land that is part of the larger Olympic Peninsula in Washington Seattle-Tacoma International Airport lies 22 miles (35 km) north, in the city of SeaTac. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known as Sea-Tac Airport, is located in SeaTac, Washington, United States at the intersections SeaTac is a city and outlying Suburb of Seattle, located in the southern section of King County in Washington State.
Tacoma's alternative transportation services include buses, commuter rail, light rail, and ferries. For specific light rail systems many of which use the words "light rail" as part of their name see List of light-rail transit systems. See also Merchant ship A ferry is a form of transport usually a Boat or Ship, used to carry (or ferry) passengers and Public bus service is provided by Pierce Transit, which serves Tacoma and Pierce County. Pierce Transit, in full "The Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation" is a mass transit agency serving Pierce County, the second most populous Pierce County is the second most populous county in the US state of Washington. Pierce Transit operates a total of 55 bus routes on buses powered by natural gas. Natural gas is a Gaseous Fossil fuel consisting primarily of Methane but including significant quantities of Ethane, Propane, Most bus service operates at 30 minute frequencies on weekdays, some routes once an hour, while three heavily-ridden "trunk" routes are served every 15 minutes on weekdays and every half hour on weekends.
Sound Transit, the regional transit authority, provides daily Sounder Commuter Rail service and express bus service to and from Seattle seven days a week. Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington state's Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1996 Service History North Line The Everett to Seattle line started with a Seahawks Game train on December 21, 2003. (Service to and from Olympia is serviced by Pierce and Intercity Transit. Olympia is the Capital of Washington and is the County seat of Thurston County. Intercity Transit (more commonly referred to as "IT" by locals is a public transportation service for the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, ) Sound Transit has also established Tacoma Link light rail, a 2. History A century ago Tacoma like many American cities had an extensive rail transit system For specific light rail systems many of which use the words "light rail" as part of their name see List of light-rail transit systems. 5 km (1. 6-mile) free electric streetcar line linking Tacoma Dome Station with the University of Washington, Tacoma, Tacoma's Museum District, and the Theater District. The Tacoma Dome (constructed by Tacoma Dome Associates led by McGranahan Messenger Architects a design build entity is an indoor arena located in Tacoma The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma is one of three campuses in the University of Washington system located in Tacoma, south of the main campus Expansion of the city's rail transit system (either in the form of electric streetcars or light rail) is under consideration by the city of Tacoma and Pierce Transit, and is supported by a local grassroots organization, Tacoma Streetcar. Tacoma Streetcar is a growing popular movement in Tacoma to bring back electric trolley service which helped grow the historic core of the City of Tacoma and nearby neighborhoods
The Washington State Ferries system, which has a dock at Point Defiance, provides ferry access to Tahlequah at the southern tip of Vashon Island, typically on the ferry MV Rhododendron. This page is about the ferry system operated by the state of Washington Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Washington is one of the largest Urban parks in the United States. Tahlequah is a community on the southern end of Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington state Vashon is a Census-designated place (CDP in King County, Washington, United States. Service History Her original use in Washington from 1953 to 1961 was on a route from the Olympic Peninsula to the Kitsap Peninsula, near the current site
Greyhound service is also accessible via Tacoma Dome Station. Greyhound Lines is an intercity Common carrier of passengers by Bus serving over 3700 destinations in the United States. An Amtrak station one block east on Puyallup Avenue serves the Cascades and Coast Starlight routes. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 The Amtrak Cascades (originally named Cascadia) is a Passenger train route operated by Amtrak in partnership with the states of Washington The Coast Starlight is a 1377-mile (2235 km Passenger train route operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States.
Seven highways end in or pass through Tacoma: I-5, I-705, SR 7, SR 16, SR 163, SR 167, and SR 509. Interstate 5 in Washington (I-5 is a highway in the US state of Washington that extends from its border with Oregon to its border with Canada Interstate 705 (abbreviated I-705) is a short interstate spur route of Interstate 5 located entirely within Tacoma Washington. State Route 7 is a numbered State highway in the State of Washington, U State Route 16 is a State highway in Washington, USA It extends just over 27 miles (43 km from Tacoma in the southeast to Gorst State Route 163 is a State highway in the US state of Washington, running from SR 16 in Tacoma to the Point Defiance Ferry State Route 167, commonly known as the Valley Freeway, is a State highway in the U State Route 509 is a state highway in the US state of Washington.
Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Tacoma. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 Amtrak train 11, the southbound Coast Starlight, is scheduled to depart Tacoma at 10:31am with service to Olympia-Lacey, Portland, Sacramento, Emeryville, California (with bus connection to San Francisco), and Los Angeles. The Coast Starlight is a 1377-mile (2235 km Passenger train route operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States. Olympia is the Capital of Washington and is the County seat of Thurston County. Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County California, in the United States. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Amtrak train 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, is scheduled to depart Tacoma at 7:11pm daily with service to Seattle. Amtrak Cascades trains, operating as far north as Vancouver and as far south as Eugene, Oregon, serve Tacoma several times daily in both directions. The Amtrak Cascades (originally named Cascadia) is a Passenger train route operated by Amtrak in partnership with the states of Washington Vancouver (vænˈkuːvɚ is a coastal The city of Eugene ( "yoo-JEEN") is the County seat of Lane County, Oregon,
Tacoma’s relationship with public utilities extends back to 1893. A public utility (usually just utility) is an organization that maintains the Infrastructure for a public service (often also providing a service using At that time the city was undergoing a boom in population, causing it to exceed the available amount of fresh water supplied by Charles Wright’s Tacoma Light & Water Company. Charles Wright is the name of Charles Wright (botanist (1811–1885 American botanist Charles Frederick Wright (1856–1925 a U In response to both this demand and a growing desire to have local public control over the utility system, the city council put up a public vote to acquire and expand the private utility. The measure passed on July 1, 1893, with 3,195 in favor of acquiring the utility system and 1,956 voting against. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 1893 ( MDCCCXCIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Since then, Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) has grown from a small water and light utility to be the largest department in the city’s government, employing about 1,200 people. Tacoma Public Utilities is the Public utility service for Tacoma Washington.
Tacoma Power, a division of TPU, provides residents of Tacoma and several bordering municipalities with electrical power generated by eight hydroelectric dams located on the Skokomish River and elsewhere. Tacoma Power is a Public utility providing electrical power to Tacoma Washington and the surrounding areas The Skokomish River is a River in Washington, United States. Geography The Skokomish River originates by draining the southeast corner Environmentalists, fishermen, and the Skokomish Indian Tribe have criticized TPU's operation of Cushman Dam on the North Fork of the Skokomish River; the tribe's $6 billion claim was denied by the U. S. Supreme court in January 2006. The capacity of Tacoma’s hydroelectric system as of 2004 was 713,000 kilowatts, or about 50% of the demand made up by TPU’s customers (the rest is purchased from other utilities). Hydroelectricity is electricity generated by Hydropower, ie the production of power through use of the gravitational force of falling water The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. According to TPU, hydroelectricity provides about 87% of Tacoma’s power; coal 3%; natural gas 1%; nuclear 9%; and biomass and wind at less than 1%. Tacoma Power also operates the Click! Network, a municipally-owned cable television and internet service. Click! Network is a Broadband cable system owned by Tacoma Power, a part of Tacoma Public Utilities in Tacoma Washington. The residential cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is just over 6 cents.
Tacoma Water provides customers in its service area with water from the Green River Watershed. The Green River is a 65 mile long river in the state of Washington in the United States, arising on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains south As of 2004, Tacoma Water provided water services to 93,903 customers. The average annual cost for residential supply was $257. 84.
Tacoma Rail, initially a municipally owned street railway line running to the tideflats, was converted to a common-carrier rail switching utility. Tacoma Rail is a Shortline Railroad. It is operated as a Public utility and owned by the city of Tacoma Washington as part of the municipally-owned Tacoma Rail is self-supporting and employs over 90 people.
In addition to municipal garbage collection, Tacoma offers commingled recycling services for paper, cardboard, plastics, and metals. Recycling involves processing used materials into new products in order to prevent the waste of potentially useful materials reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials reduce
Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, is located in Tacoma. Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Washington is one of the largest Urban parks in the United States. Scenic Five Mile Drive allows access to many of the park's attractions, such as Owen Beach, Camp Six, Fort Nisqually, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Fort Nisqually was an important fur trading and farming post of the Hudson's Bay Company in the Puget Sound area of what is now Washington but The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is located in Tacoma Washington, USA on 28 acres (113000 m² in Point Defiance Park. There are many historic structures within the park, such as the pagoda near the park's entrance.
Another large park in Tacoma is Wapato Park, which has a lake and walking trails that circle the lake. Wapato is located in the south end of Tacoma, at Sheridan and 72nd St. Titlow Beach, located at the end of 6th Avenue, is a popular scuba diving area. Titlow Beach is in Tacoma Washington, USA. It is located along Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Scuba diving is swimming underwater, or taking part in another activity while using a Scuba set. Wright Park, located near downtown, is a large, English-style park designed in the late 1800s by E. O. Schwagerl and Ebenezer Rhys Roberts. It contains Wright Park Arboretum and the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. Wright Park Arboretum is a Arboretum and public park located in Tacoma Washington. Wright Park Arboretum is a Arboretum and public park located in Tacoma Washington.
Engine House No. 9 is a fire station built in 1907. A fire station (also called stationhouse) is a structure or other area set aside for storage of firefighting apparatus (i The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP is the United States government's official list of districts sites buildings structures and objects deemed worthy of Currently, the building houses a pub which brews its own beer. A microbrewery, or craft brewery, is a modern Brewery which produces a limited amount of beer usually with an orientation toward distinctive and flavorful products
Stadium High School, part of the Tacoma School District and setting for the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Stadium High School is a 100-year-old High school in Tacoma Washington and a Historic landmark.
Fireboat No. 1 was built in 1929 for the Port of Tacoma by the Coastline Shipbuilding Company. Fireboat No 1 was built in 1929 for the Port of Tacoma by the Coastline Shipbuilding Company of Tacoma Washington for US$ 148000 After 54 years of service in waterfront fire protection, harbor security patrols, search and rescue missions, and water pollution control, Fireboat No. A harbor or harbour (see spelling differences) or haven, is a place where ships may shelter from the Weather or are stored For the TV series of this title see Search and Rescue (TV series. Water pollution is the contamination of Water bodies such as Lakes Rivers Oceans and Groundwater caused by human activities 1 was put up on a permanent dry berth at a public beach near Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood. She is one of only five fireboats designated as a National Historic Landmark. A National Historic Landmark (NHL is a Building, site, Structure, Object, or District, that is officially recognized by the Visitors are able to walk around her exterior, but her interior is closed to the public.
William Ross Rust House - Colonial / Classic Revival (1905) - Ambrose J. The William Ross Rust House is a house in Tacoma Washington built in 1905 for William Ross Rust then President of the Tacoma Smelter and Refining Company Russell (Architect), Charles Miller (Contractor)
Tacoma's main public school district is Tacoma Public Schools. The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street bridge or City Waterway bridge, is a Lift bridge in Tacoma Washington. The Thea Foss Waterway is a planned waterfront community in downtown Tacoma Washington that is currently under development Tacoma Public Schools is the main school district for Tacoma Washington, USA. The district contains 36 elementary schools, eleven middle schools, five high schools, one alternative high school, and one school of the arts (SOTA). The Tacoma School of the Arts ( SOTA or TSOTA) is the only arts school in the greater Tacoma Washington area
Henry Foss High School operates an International Baccalaureate program. Henry Foss High School is a High school in Tacoma Washington. Sheridan Elementary School operates three foreign language immersion programs (Spanish, French, and Japanese). Mount Tahoma High School opened a brand new building in South Tacoma in the fall of 2004. Mount Tahoma High School is a High school in Tacoma Washington. Stadium High School and Wilson High School were remodeled/refurbished and reopened in September 2006. Stadium High School is a 100-year-old High school in Tacoma Washington and a Historic landmark. Lincoln High School reopened in the fall of 2007 after a $75 million renovation and expansion. Lincoln High School is a 94 year old high school located in the south central sector of Tacoma, at the corner of 37th St 
Tacoma's institutions of higher learning include the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Bates Technical College, The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, and University of Washington Tacoma. The University of Puget Sound (often called UPS or just Puget Sound) is a private liberal arts college located in the North End of Tacoma Community College is a Community college located in Tacoma Washington, with satellite operations in Gig Harbor and the Tacoma Mall Bates Technical College, located in Tacoma Washington, is the state’s largest Technical college. The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma is one of three campuses in the University of Washington system located in Tacoma, south of the main campus Pacific Lutheran University is located in Parkland, just south of the city; nearby Lakewood is the home of Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College. Pacific Lutheran University is located in Parkland, a suburb of Tacoma Washington. Parkland is a Census-designated place (CDP in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Clover Park Technical College (CPTC is located in Lakewood Washington, in the United States, south of Seattle. For the college of the same name in Los Angeles California, see Los Angeles Pierce College; for the similar-sounding college in Philadelphia see Peirce
Tacoma Opera stages several productions a year at the Pantages Theatre and other locations around the city. The Museum of Glass (MoG is a museum dedicated to the medium of glass art located in Tacoma Washington. Tacoma Opera is a professional Opera company located in Tacoma, WA and is a member of OPERA America.
Tacoma hosts part of the annual four-part Daffodil Parade, which takes place every April in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. The Daffodil Festival is a regional festival and Parade held in Pierce County Washington every April Sumner is located in North Pierce County major cities located near Sumner include Puyallup WA to the west Auburn WA to the North and Enumclaw Orting is a city located in Pierce County Washington. As of 2008 the city has a total population of 6075 according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management
The Tacoma farmers' market runs every May through September, every Thursday, in the Theatre District. Farmers' markets, sometimes called greenmarkets, are Markets usually held out-of-doors in public spaces where Farmers can sell produce
The city's major daily newspaper is The News Tribune, a subsidiary of McClatchy Newspapers since 1986. A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. The News Tribune is a daily Newspaper in Tacoma Washington, in the United States. The McClatchy Company is an American Publishing company based in Sacramento California, that operates a number of Newspapers and Websites Its circulation is about 128,000 (144,000 on Sundays), making it the third-largest newspaper in the state of Washington. A daily newspaper has been in circulation in Tacoma since 1883. Between 1907 and 1918, three dailies were published: The Tacoma Ledger, The News, and The Tacoma Tribune.
Local papers include the Tacoma Weekly, the Tacoma Daily Index and the South Sound weekly entertainment newspaper Weekly Volcano. Tacoma Weekly is a weekly community newspaper published by Pierce County Community Newspaper Group (PCCNG Weekly Volcano is a weekly entertainment newspaper in the South Puget Sound, based in Tacoma Washington.
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The city has struggled to keep a minor league hockey franchise. The Tacoma Rainiers are a Minor league baseball team that plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each The Pacific Coast League (PCL is a Minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. Cheney Stadium, in Tacoma Washington, is the home field for the Tacoma Rainiers Minor-league Baseball team of the AAA Pacific Coast League The Jazz of Tacoma are an expansion franchise in the International Basketball League. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m This article is about the International Basketball League formed in 2004. The Tacoma Dome (constructed by Tacoma Dome Associates led by McGranahan Messenger Architects a design build entity is an indoor arena located in Tacoma Tacoma Tide is an American Soccer team founded in 2006. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered History In 1995 the USISL split into two leagues one professional and one amateur For the school of the same name in Staten Island see Curtis High School. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. The Tacoma Rockets of the WHL were lost to relocation and moved to Kelowna, British Columbia. The Tacoma Rockets were a Junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League from 1991 to 1995. This article refers to the junior Western Hockey League For other leagues with the same name see Western Hockey League (disambiguation. The Tacoma Sabercats of the former West Coast Hockey League closed due to financial woes. West Coast Hockey League was a minor league in Ice hockey in United States from 1995 to 2003. The Tacoma Dome still hosts traveling sports and other events, such as pro wrestling, figure skating tours, and the Harlem Globetrotters. The Tacoma Dome (constructed by Tacoma Dome Associates led by McGranahan Messenger Architects a design build entity is an indoor arena located in Tacoma The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and Comedy. At one point, the Tacoma Dome was home to a professional indoor soccer team, the Tacoma Stars. This article is primarily regarding indoor soccer as played in North America Notable players John Baretta Ralph Black Rick Blubaugh Tony Chursky For the 1994-1995 season, the Seattle SuperSonics played in the Tacoma Dome while the Seattle Center Coliseum was renovated (and renamed Key Arena). The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) were an American professional Basketball team based in Seattle Washington that played KeyArena at Seattle Center, also known as KeyArena is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962 KeyArena at Seattle Center, also known as KeyArena is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962 The Tacoma Dome also hosted the 1988 and 1989 Women's NCAA Final Four. In 2007, the Tacoma Dome will host four home games of the Tacoma Jazz, who recently replaced the Tacoma Jets on the IBL schedule. The Jazz of Tacoma are an expansion franchise in the International Basketball League. The Tacoma Jets were an International Basketball League team based in Tacoma Washington.
Tacoma has been the home to many athletes, artists, and performers. See People from Tacoma and Tacoma musical groups.
Tacoma was 36th in “50 Smart Places to Live,” a ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2006)
Toyota named a popular line of pickup trucks the Toyota Tacoma after the city. The Museum of Glass (MoG is a museum dedicated to the medium of glass art located in Tacoma Washington. Kiplinger's Personal Finance ( KIP -lin-gerz is a Magazine that has been continuously published on a monthly basis from 1947 to the present (pronounced) is a Multinational corporation headquartered in Japan, and is currently the world's largest Automaker. A pickup truck is a light Motor vehicle with an open-top rear cargo area which is almost always separated from the cab to allow for chassis flex when carrying or pulling The Toyota Tacoma is a compact Pickup truck manufactured by the Toyota Motor Company since 1995
Richard Brautigan wrote of his Tacoma childhood in his autobiographical short stories "Corporal," "The Armoured Car," "The Auction," and "The Ghost Children of Tacoma," as well as his last finished novel So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away. Richard Gary Brautigan ( January 30, 1935 – ca So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away is a novel written by Richard Brautigan, published in 1982.
Neko Case's '"Thrice All American" (on the album Furnace Room Lullaby) is an ode to Tacoma, which she considers her hometown. Neko Case (ˈniːkoʊ ˈkeɪs (born September 8, 1970 in Alexandria Virginia) is an American Alternative country Singer-songwriter Furnace Room Lullaby is an album by Neko Case and Her Boyfriends, released in February 2000 on Mint/Bloodshot Records Tacoma is also the subject of the Jason Webley song "How Big Is Tacoma?" and Girl Trouble's "My Hometown". Jason Webley is a musician who began as a busker, playing accordion in the streets of Seattle, but has since moved in-doors and on stage playing venues and