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In , a Swede named Nicolas Delin built a water-powered sawmill on a creek near the head of Commencement Bay, but the small settlement that grew around it was abandoned during the Indian War of — McCarver — , who named his project Tacoma City, derived from the indigenous name for the mountain.

Tacoma was incorporated on November 12, , following its selection in as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad due to lobbying by McCarver, future mayor John Wilson Sprague , and others. The two communities grew together and joined, merging on January 7, The transcontinental link was effected in , and the population grew from 1, in to 36, in Rudyard Kipling visited Tacoma in and said it was "literally staggering under a boom of the boomiest".

George Francis Train was a resident for a few years in the late 19th century. In , he staged a global circumnavigation starting and ending in Tacoma to promote the city.

A plaque in downtown Tacoma marks the start and finish line. In November , white citizens led by then-mayor Jacob Weisbach expelled several hundred Chinese residents peacefully living in the city. As described by the account prepared by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, on the morning of November 3, "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.

The next day two Chinese settlements were burned to the ground. A major tragedy marred the end of the 19th century, when a streetcar accident resulted in significant loss of life on July 4, The IWW opposed this move by trying to persuade inbound workers to avoid Tacoma during the strike. Weaver Studio, was sited at present-day Titlow Beach. At the time, it was the third-largest freestanding film production space in America, with the two larger facilities being located in Hollywood.

The Great Depression[ edit ] The crash of the stock market, resulting in the Great Depression , was only the first event in a series of misfortunes to hit Tacoma in the winter of — In one of the coldest winters on record, Tacoma experienced mass power outages and eventually the shutdown of major power supply dams, leaving the city without sufficient power and heat.

Local businesses were affected as the sudden stop of loans limited progression of expansion and renewal funds for maintenance, leading to foreclosures. Shanty-town politics began to develop as the destitute needed some form of leadership to keep the peace.

The population boomed in November through early as families from the neighboring McKinley and Hilltop areas were evicted. Collecting scraps of metal and wood from local lumber stores and recycling centers, families began building shanties shacks for shelter. Alcoholism and suicide became a common event in the Hooverville that eventually led to its nickname of "Hollywood on the Tide Flats", because of the Hollywood -style crimes and events taking place in the camp.

Weyerhaeuser , was kidnapped [26] while walking home from school. Four persons were apprehended and convicted; the last to be released was paroled from McNeil Island in George Weyerhaeuser went on to become chairman of the board of the Weyerhaeuser Company.

Voters approved a mayor and city-manager system in Tacoma was featured prominently in the garage rock sound of the mids with bands including The Wailers and The Sonics. The surf rock band The Ventures were also from Tacoma. Downtown Tacoma experienced a long decline through the midth century. On both occasions, voters rejected 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.

The municipally owned power company, Tacoma Power , wired the city. Downtown revival[ edit ] Aerial view of Tacoma, Washington, the Port of Tacoma, and Commencement Bay Beginning in the early s, city residents and planners took steps to revitalize Tacoma, particularly its downtown.

Tacoma Little Theatre opened in bridges the theater district and the hilltop neighborhoods.. Due to its high crime rate, Washington residents nicknamed the city "Tacompton", in reference to Compton, California. In , Tacoma was ranked among the top 30 Most Livable Communities in an annual survey conducted by the Partners for Livable Communities.

Victoria Woodards began her first term as mayor of the City of Tacoma on January 2, According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has an area of Large areas of Tacoma have views of Mount Rainier. In the event of a major eruption of Mount Rainier, the low-lying areas of Tacoma near the Port of Tacoma are at risk from a lahar flowing down the Puyallup River.

The warmest months are July and August; the coldest month is December. Climate data for Tacoma, Washington — normals, extremes —present Month.


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