9 Little Known Tacoma Facts

9 Little Known Tacoma Facts

By Megan Bostic

We all know our great city is home to wonderful museums, beautiful parks, and a Starbucks on every corner. However, there are some things about Tacoma that are not as widely known. Here are 9 things about Tacoma you may never have heard.

  1. The name Tacoma means Mother of the Waters.
  2. Our Tacoma port covers more than 2,400 acres and is the 6th largest port in North America.
  3. Stadium High School was originally designed to be a luxury hotel, but in 1893 during the depression, construction halted. Then the building was left nothing but a shell after a devastating fire. That shell finally transformed into Stadium High School in 1906.
  4. The Tacoma Dome is the largest wood-domed arena in the world, constructed with 1.6 million board feet.
  5. The co-founder of the Baskin-Robbins, Irvine Robbins, got his start in Tacoma in 1927. He sold ice cream and cottage cheese produced from his father’s cows’ surplus milk.
  6. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, built in 1950, is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.
  7. Union Station was designed by Reed & Stem, the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
  8. Our 700-acre park, Point Defiance, is one of the largest urban parks in the nation. It is second only to Central Park in New York City.
  9. The only fatality of the “Galloping Gertie” bridge collapse was a three legged dog.

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