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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 | 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.

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