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TACOMA: City missing a bet on rail history

Letter by John E. Koehler, Tacoma on Dec. 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm with 6 Comments »
December 29, 2011 10:24 am

I enjoyed the article by Michael Sullivan (TNT, 12-25) on the moment when Tacoma turned from a small village to the City of Destiny, namely, the time around the coming of the railroad. He points out the exact spot where the final spike was hammered in to link Tacoma to the rest of the nation by rail.

It turns out that there is still some existing track there. It is just east of Pacific Avenue, across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum. I have been trying for years to get somebody with power and influence to have this historic site preserved and even, while the track is still there, to acquire a vintage engine and a car or two to be located there.

With all the train buffs who come to the Washington State History Museum for the annual Model Train Festival, I’m sure there would be plenty of volunteers to restore these cars if needed and to maintain them, too.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Interesting idea.

  2. If you can do this with voluntary contributions, then go for it. But, please don’t use any tax dollars for it, because it is not an essential need that taxpayers should have to pay for.

  3. alindasue says:

    At the very least, we should have some sort of historical marker there…

  4. watchfromsidelines says:

    This is a great idea but I do agree with muckibr in this economy it needs to be with volunteer contributions not grant monies. I’m not sure how there will be enough knowledgeable staff remaining to comply with the burdersome reporting required by WA State and/or the Federal Goverment (i.e. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aka ARRA). Many of the proposed cuts are the grant program personnel, administrative staff and accountants who are struggling to stay on top of these requirements already. Too bad those making the decisions are not the ones doing the work to feel the pain their bad decisions cause.

  5. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Didn’t we just miss a bigger opportunity by letting “a vintage engine and a car or two” go on the chopping block at Point Defiance?

    Too bad, this would be a good idea… one actually having something to do with the history of Tacoma.

  6. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – aka ARRA/ aka Stimulus – included accounting requirements for compliance, but no funding for additional personnel?

    That would be another example of jobs saved, sorta’ (at least for a couple of years), rather than created… I guess.

    Maybe the struggling administrative staff and accountants should consider giving a few bazillion dollars to the 0bama reelection committee… or form/ join a union or something.

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