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What Tacoma, WA looked like in the 1890s Through Spectacular Historic Photos

During the 1890s, Tacoma’s role in the Pacific Northwest was firmly established, and its residents’ dreams of being the dominant city in the region were dashed. Due to events in the 1890s, Tacoma stagnated while Seattle took over as the dominant city in the region.

Tacoma had been severely affected by the panic of 1893. The banks failed, homes were repossessed, and businesses failed. Tacoma’s fledgling labor movement died in 1895 due to the Panic of 1893 and the subsequent depression. Tacoma’s most devastating bank closure occurred on August 20, 1895, when the Bank of Tacoma failed.

William Fife, who built up his fortune and then lost it all, left the area searching for new gold in far-off places. Others followed him. The population of the city declined by 30 per cent between 1893 and 1900. Several other Pierce County towns were founded at this time, many based on the success of their local sawmills. Additionally, two of the county’s colleges were founded, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.

Take a look at these stunning historical photos of Tacoma in the late-19th century and see if you can spot landmarks that are still standing.

#1 The Tacoma Hotel from Bridge, 1892

The Tacoma Hotel from Bridge, 1892

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#2 Tacoma tideflats, 1894

Tacoma tideflats, 1894

The upper story of Tacoma Fire Department Station no. 6 on A Street is at the corner lower edge. Part of Tacoma Hotel in the lower right corner and a sailing ship in the lower left. A road across the tideflats cuts diagonally through the center.

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#3 Tacoma Wall Paper Co., 1002 So. Tacoma Ave., 1892

Tacoma Wall Paper Co., 1002 So. Tacoma Ave., 1892

The business owners are S.H.Norton, H. Minor, A.J. Loranger, and A. Faucher. Additional signs above the storefront: Carpets, Oilcloths. A large Presbyterian Church is in the photo right background.

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#4 Tacoma Mill Co. on Their Wharf, First Ward, Old Tacoma, 1890

Tacoma Mill Co. on Their Wharf, First Ward, Old Tacoma, 1890

Six men pose in front of an adjacent storefront with the sign: Store, Tacoma Mill Co., General Merchandise-Wholesale & Retail, Ship Supplies & Chandlery. Mr. Smith, the store manager, is on the far left. Men's hats are displayed in one of the windows.

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#5 Tacoma Motor Railway Streetcar, Tacoma, 1895

Tacoma Motor Railway Streetcar, Tacoma, 1895

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#6 Tacoma Streetcar, 1892

Tacoma Streetcar, 1892

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#7 Annie Wright Seminary, Tacoma, 1890

Annie Wright Seminary, Tacoma, 1890

In photo center distance, Annie Wright Seminary on Tacoma Avenue North, taken from Third Street near the site of present-day Dorothy and Vista del Rey apartments. A wooden sidewalk along Tacoma Avenue, a dirt road, is in the foreground.

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#8 Views of Tacoma, Etc, 1898

Views of Tacoma, Etc, 1898

Commencement Bay is in the lower right foreground, with a commercial building adjacent to the water. The reflection of the hotel and commercial building is visible in the water.

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#9 California Building, Tacoma, 1890

California Building, Tacoma, 1890

The photo shows a massive five-story stone and brick building located at 1110-1116 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. It was built in 1890 on Pacific Avenue, about 100 feet south of 11th Street. Later this was the site of the Publix garage. People can be seen walking and standing in front of the building.

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#10 Tacoma Mill Co, 1890

Tacoma Mill Co, 1890

The mill moors several sailing ships.

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#11 Tacoma Theatre Building 902-914 Broadway, Tacoma, 1890

Tacoma Theatre Building 902-914 Broadway, Tacoma, 1890

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#12 Tacoma Commercial Club Room, California Building, Tacoma, 1890

Tacoma Commercial Club Room, California Building, Tacoma, 1890

Two long tables with chairs are in the foreground. A few books are placed on the closest tabletop. A desk is on the back wall. A beverage urn is next to a wall with windows in the right image. Two spittoons are visible.

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#13 Tacoma News, 1114 Railroad Street, Tacoma, 1890

Tacoma News, 1114 Railroad Street, Tacoma, 1890

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#14 Commercial Bank of Tacoma, Interior, 932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1895

Commercial Bank of Tacoma, Interior, 932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1895

They are standing in a long narrow room outside the individual office. A teller's window is at the back of the room.

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#15 Tenth Street, Tacoma, 1890

Tenth Street, Tacoma, 1890

Tenth Street, looking towards the Tacoma Hotel, located on A Street, between Ninth and Tenth Streets, in left-center background. Five horse-drawn carriages, with drivers, and three men standing near them, pose across the middle of the Street in the foreground.

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#16 Tacoma Loan Office, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1891

Tacoma Loan Office, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1891

Four men were wearing suits and hats standing in the doorway of the Tacoma Loan Office, owned by Archie S. Ash and Isaac Dornberg, 1011 Pacific Avenue. One man wears an overcoat with a short cape over the shoulders.

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#17 Tacoma Butcher Association Picnic, 1890

Tacoma Butcher Association Picnic, 1890

An informal group portrait was taken at the Tacoma Butcher Association Picnic. Members are posed wearing their Sunday best.

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#18 Ocean Wharf, Tacoma, 1890

Ocean Wharf, Tacoma, 1890

On the pier are wooden casks and Northern Pacific boxcars.

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#19 Tacoma Trading Co. at 19th and Dock Streets, Tacoma, 1890

Tacoma Trading Co. at 19th and Dock Streets, Tacoma, 1890

Four men stand on the building's porch looking at the photographer, and a man sits on a wagon drawn by two horses beside the building.

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#20 Annie Wright Seminary, Tacoma, 1897

Annie Wright Seminary, Tacoma, 1897

The photo was taken from the current site of the Vista del Rey apartments located between Third and Fourth Streets on Tacoma Ave. North. The seminary is a large building with a left photo background. Mount Rainier is in the center-left background.

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#21 The Tacoma Foundry & Machine Company / Puget Sound Dry Dock Company / Tacoma, 1892

The Tacoma Foundry & Machine Company / Puget Sound Dry Dock Company / Tacoma, 1892

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#22 Male and Female Tacoma Business College Students, Tacoma, 1890

Male and Female Tacoma Business College Students, Tacoma, 1890

Ten women of various ages, two of them wearing fur-trimmed coats, sit in the front row. About twice that many men of various ages are standing behind them. A boy stands at each end of the group. Storefront, Street no. 1220, in the left background, is possibly a photography studio.

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#23 Irving School, Tacoma, 1892

Irving School, Tacoma, 1892

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#24 Laying Corner Stone for Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, May 18, 1892

Laying Corner Stone for Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, May 18, 1892

Laying the cornerstone for the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce building at Ninth Street, Broadway, and Commerce Street intersections. With only a few women present, crowds surround the site, where a tall wooden tripod will lay the stone. A row of men in a fraternal organization uniform stands at attention, facing the site.

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#25 Mt. Tacoma from Wright Park, 1897

Mt. Tacoma from Wright Park, 1897

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#26 Tacoma Railway & Power Company Streetcar no. 14, 1895

Tacoma Railway & Power Company Streetcar no. 14, 1895

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#27 Circus parade on C Street Tacoma, 1897

Circus parade on C Street Tacoma, 1897

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#28 Mt. Tacoma, 1891

Mt. Tacoma, 1891

A sailing ship and barge are on the other side of the dock. Part of another ship and warehouses are in the right background, and in the distance is the top of the Northern Pacific Railroad Headquarters Building.

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#29 Candy Factory, John D. Darling, 1511 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, 1891

Candy Factory, John D. Darling, 1511 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, 1891

Black and white image of 2 men wearing suits and hats, two women, and two men wearing long aprons standing in front of the Candy Factory, a business owned by John D. Darling, 1511 Tacoma Avenue South.

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#30 Camp #5, St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company, 1899

Camp #5, St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company, 1899

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#31 Merchants National Bank, Tacoma, 1890

Merchants National Bank, Tacoma, 1890

Five bank employees are standing, posing behind the four visible teller windows. Two men wearing suits, possibly employees, and a man wearing a suit and hat, stands in front of the windows. A spittoon is on the floor in the image left.

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#32 Wharves of Tacoma / Ocean Wharf, 1893

Wharves of Tacoma / Ocean Wharf, 1893

Ocean Wharf in Tacoma, Washington on Commencement Bay. Bales of unidentified goods, possibly tea from the Orient, are stacked on the dock. The Northern Pacific Freight Office is located on the dock.

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#33 Hotel Bostwick Tacoma, 1890

Hotel Bostwick Tacoma, 1890

Two streetcars are partially visible at the image left edge. In the foreground, a wagon with hoses is partially visible on the dirt road.

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#34 Sanford & Stone, Dry Goods, 1115-1117 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, 1891

Sanford & Stone, Dry Goods, 1115-1117 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, 1891

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#35 Coal Bunkers, Tacoma, 1890

Coal Bunkers, Tacoma, 1890

Another sailing ship is next to a partially visible harbor behind it. Another sailing ship is in open water in the image right.

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#36 Musician’s Union Band of Tacoma, 1890-1899

Musician's Union Band of Tacoma, 1890-1899

Holding a bass horn, William Price is in the back row, left. Each of the other men holds a musical instrument, including the trombone, clarinet, tuba, euphonium, piccolo, flute, cornet, possibly a French horn, and mellophone. With an attached cymbal, a bass drum lies on its side in front of the group, with a snare drum and woodblock on top.

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#37 Half Moon. N.P.R.R. Tacoma, 1896

Half Moon. N.P.R.R. Tacoma, 1896

The Northern Pacific Headquarters building is visible on the bluff overlooking the yard. Many box cars and flat cars are in the yards.

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#38 New Wheat Warehouses, Tacoma, 1890

New Wheat Warehouses, Tacoma, 1890

A loading pier on pilings extends towards the image center. Two sailing ships are partially visible at the center, leaving the image.

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#39 Washington College, eight and G. St. Tacoma, 1892

Washington College, eight and G. St. Tacoma, 1892

A three-story building on South Tacoma Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth Streets. The small figures of 2 people are posing on a fire escape outside a third-story window in the image left.

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#40 No. 817 Pacific Avenue from 13th Street, Tacoma, 1892

No. 817 Pacific Avenue from 13th Street, Tacoma, 1892

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#41 Oscar Brown Flag, Mount Tacoma, 1893

Oscar Brown Flag, Mount Tacoma, 1893

This flag was raised on top of Mount Tacoma in 1891. In 1893 members of the French Drug Co. were up there found the staff broken and down.

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#42 Union Club Tacoma, 1897

Union Club Tacoma, 1897

Large three-story house on Street. The building is a wood frame with a large entrance, dormers, and a large Palladian window over the entry.

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#43 Loading Lumber at Tacoma Mill, 1892

Loading Lumber at Tacoma Mill, 1892

Smoke obscures some of the buildings in the image left. Water, a log raft, and pilings are in the foreground.

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#44 Carpet Store, Tacoma, 1890

Carpet Store, Tacoma, 1890

Rolls of carpet runners are partially open on the large display floor. Stacks of rolled carpet runners are on the wall, and rolls of larger-width carpets are on above them.

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#45 Bryant School, Tacoma, 1909

Bryant School, Tacoma, 1909

A tower is on one side of the building. The school was built in 1890, Bullard & Bullard, architects, and possibly demolished in 1961. A post office collection box is near the image's lower-left corner.

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#46 Emerson School, Tacoma, 1892

Emerson School, Tacoma, 1892

The name is on the front of the school. Probably a church with a bell tower is in the right background.

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#47 Junior Fire Department, Tacoma, 1890

Junior Fire Department, Tacoma, 1890

Some of the boys wear ribbon badges. Two U.S. flags with flowers on top of the poles are mounted on the horse wagon. The Hotel Fife is in the center background. Several men are standing on the sidewalk watching the parade.

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#48 F.J.W. Andersen, Engineer, Tacoma Railway & Power Company Power House, 1890

F.J.W. Andersen, Engineer, Tacoma Railway & Power Company Power House, 1890

Andersen was standing beside a large machine inside the Tacoma Railway & Power Company powerhouse, possibly Tacoma's steam-generated electrical power plant.

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#49 Northern Pacific wharf in Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific wharf in Tacoma, 1890

The building corner has a sign for The Crescent Creamery Co. Another sign is for the E. W. Mason & Co., Ship Chandlers.

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#50 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

A parade extends the length of the Street, including a uniformed marching band, ranks of uniformed marchers, and a long line of indistinguishable figures and possibly vehicles. Some pedestrians are on the Street, and a few, including children, are by the band.

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#51 Wright Park looking east, Tacoma, 1890

Wright Park looking east, Tacoma, 1890

A statue on a pedestal is at the edge of the pond to the left of the image lower center. The statue's reflection is visible in the pond. A grass-covered area extends towards buildings on the horizon line across the image center. Near the left image edge, the large building is Annie Wright Seminary, at Tacoma Avenue and South First Street. Houses on South G Street extend from image center to image right edge.

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#52 Oldest Church Tower in America, St. Peters, Old Tacoma, 1892

Oldest Church Tower in America, St. Peters, Old Tacoma, 1892

The church has a greenery-covered bell tower with a visible bell. A plank sidewalk is in the foreground.

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#53 F.J.W. Andersen, Engineer, Tacoma Railway & Power Company Power House, 1890.

F.J.W. Andersen, Engineer, Tacoma Railway & Power Company Power House, 1890.

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#54 Two Men and Woman, Puyallup, Tacoma, 1894

Two Men and Woman, Puyallup, Tacoma, 1894

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#55 Lumbermen’s ‘Arch of Tacoma,’ Tacoma’s Greeting to President Harrison, 1891

Lumbermen's 'Arch of Tacoma,' Tacoma's Greeting to President Harrison, 1891

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#56 11th Street in Tacoma, 1898

11th Street in Tacoma, 1898

The photo was taken on the 11th, looking west up the hill. Streetcars can be seen crossing the intersection at Pacific and coming down 11th. A couple of wagons are parked on either side of the 11th. The Pierce County courthouse can be seen in the distance on the right.

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#57 Tacoma, WA, looking northeast across Commencement Bay and Foss Waterway, 1893

Tacoma, WA, looking northeast across Commencement Bay and Foss Waterway, 1893

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#58 Northern Pacific office and storehouse, South Tacoma,1891

Northern Pacific office and storehouse, South Tacoma,1891

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#59 Northern Pacific Railroad Shops, South Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific Railroad Shops, South Tacoma, 1890

Workers are completing the roofing on the buildings. Railroad tracks run in front of the buildings.

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#60 Tacoma Railway and Motor Company streetcar, North K Street Line, 1899

Tacoma Railway and Motor Company streetcar, North K Street Line, 1899

The photo shows an electric-powered streetcar/trolley with "North K Street Line" printed along the top, the number 22 below the windows, and "Tacoma Railway Motor Company" below that. A conductor stands on a step on the left, and the driver is correct.

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#61 Eleventh Street, Tacoma, 1890

Eleventh Street, Tacoma, 1890

Two horse-drawn buggies are in the foreground. The old Merchants National Bank building is behind a streetcar below image center, at Eleventh Street and Pacific Avenue. The new Merchants National Bank building is across the Street in the left image. Some pedestrians are crossing the Street.

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#62 Samuel J. Smyth, City Clerk, Tacoma, the 1890s

Samuel J. Smyth, City Clerk, Tacoma, the 1890s

Another man sits at a desk behind him. An inkwell sits on the counter in the foreground.

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#63 Building construction, Tacoma, 1890

Building construction, Tacoma, 1890

Several men pose on the roof of the building while other men pose on the ground. There is scaffolding along the right wall. In the front, a crane is hoisting a piece of lumber. In the foreground are stacks of lumber. To the right of the crane are two horses pulling a wagon? To the left and right are men pushing wheelbarrows of bricks.

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#64 Athow House, 1061 So. 88 St., Tacoma, 1915

Athow House, 1061 So. 88 St., Tacoma, 1915

The 2-story house in Gingerbread style was built in 1890.

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#65 Tacoma 1891 from 35th Street, 1891

Tacoma 1891 from 35th Street, 1891

The photograph shows a panorama view of the city. F.S. Harmon Furniture Company, located at 2001-2013 A Street, is visible near the right edge center. Large tree stumps are visible in the foreground.

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#66 Scene of the Tacoma tideflats, 1894

Scene of the Tacoma tideflats, 1894

Tacoma Commencement Bay and Puyallup River tide flats, looking east towards Mount Rainier and Cushman Indian School, with the Wheeler Osgood Sash and Blind Co. factory near the water's edge in photo center. Mount Rainier is visible in the distance. A boarding house and company houses are apparently at factory left, and shacks of Chinese workers at right.

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#67 Supertdt L. M. Hamilton and Employees of Tacoma Railway & Motor Company, 1891

Supertdt L. M. Hamilton and Employees of Tacoma Railway & Motor Company, 1891

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#68 Tacoma Washington Tideflats View looking towards Mount Rainier, 1892

Tacoma Washington Tideflats View looking towards Mount Rainier, 1892

Mount Rainier dominates the center of the view. The Cushman Indian school is visible in the far distance.

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#69 Northern Pacific office and machine shop, South Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific office and machine shop, South Tacoma, 1890

The photo shows the office and machine shop looking S.W., Oct 24, 1890. Railroad tracks are in the foreground.

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#70 Andy Lynch, driver Hose Cart No. 1 with Jake & John, Tacoma Fire Department, 1890

Andy Lynch, driver Hose Cart No. 1 with Jake & John, Tacoma Fire Department, 1890

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#71 St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Co. Office, South Twenty-third Street, and Adams Street, Tacoma, 1892

St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Co. Office, South Twenty-third Street, and Adams Street, Tacoma, 1892

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#72 North C St. View, Tacoma, the 1890s

North C St. View, Tacoma, the 1890s

Large homes, a telephone pole, and one steamship in Commencement Bay are visible. One of a series of cyanotype photographs attributed to the Northern Pacific Railroad.

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#73 In Wright Park Tacoma, 1892

In Wright Park Tacoma, 1892

A pond is in the image left foreground. A statue on a pedestal, "The Fisherman's Daughter," given by Col. Ferry, is in a planted area in image right foreground, at the edge of the pond. A pedestrian bridge is in the image center right background. Houses are beyond the park, across image upper left and center.

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#74 Miss Eaton’s Class, Bryant School, Tacoma, 1892

Miss Eaton's Class, Bryant School, Tacoma, 1892

Two of the girls' cradle dolls are in their arms. A tiny child stands at one side of the group.

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#75 Tacoma Tide Flats, 1891

Tacoma Tide Flats, 1891

Treetops are in the lower right foreground. Possibly the Puyallup River is running diagonally across the lower half of the image. An elevated plank walkway is being constructed along the near side of the waterway. Workers are laying the planks in the lower image, to the left of the center. A gate with an illegible sign is on the waterside of the walkway near this area, and possibly the tops of two sails are visible behind it. A wagon is on the flat ground adjacent to the walkway.

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#76 St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tacoma, 1908

St. Joseph's Hospital, Tacoma, 1908

The 3-story building has a tower above the front entrance. It was built in 1891, Ruehr & Bergfeld, architects, and demolished in 1976. Two nurses in uniform and another woman are sitting on a building's first-story side staircase near the right image edge.

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#77 Ship Discharging Tea, Ocean Wharf, Tacoma, 1890

Ship Discharging Tea, Ocean Wharf, Tacoma, 1890

Possibly construction barges are moored at the land side of the harbor. Commencement Bay is in the image left. Elevated railroad tracks are in the lower right foreground.

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#78 Tacoma Fire Department Commencement Hook & Ladder C. No. 1., 1890

Tacoma Fire Department Commencement Hook & Ladder C. No. 1., 1890

Four of the men hold fire horns. Partially visible behind the men is a ladder on a fire truck, with fire buckets hanging from the side.

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#79 C. E. Springer home, Tacoma, 1897

C. E. Springer home, Tacoma, 1897

Two women are sitting on the front steps. A small girl stands on the porch between them. A lamp is visible on a table through the front window.

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#80 Looking West from W.P. Bonney’s Drugstore, Tacoma, 1893

Looking West from W.P. Bonney's Drugstore, Tacoma, 1893

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#81 View looking towards Mount Rainier, Tacoma, 1893

View looking towards Mount Rainier, Tacoma, 1893

Mount Rainier dominates the center of the view. The railroad bridge for the Puyallup branch line of the Northern Pacific Railroad is also visible in the foreground. The Cushman Indian school is visible in the distance.

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#82 Dock & 17 St., Tacoma, 1891

Dock & 17 St., Tacoma, 1891

From left to right, the businesses are Pacific Produce Co., near Fifteenth Street, and the Tivoli Bottling Works, possibly near Seventeenth Street. A sign in front of the latter business: Val Blatz Milwaukee Beer; Bottling Works, Wholesale. Railroad tracks are in the foreground. Several barrels are stacked on a railroad car loading ramp in the photo center.

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#83 Prager Brothers, Clothing Store, 1534-36 Railroad St., Tacoma, 1890

Prager Brothers, Clothing Store, 1534-36 Railroad St., Tacoma, 1890

The business owners are Louis Prager, Hyman M. Prager, and William Prager. Permanent sign on the storefront: We Are the Only Clothing Manufacturers in Tacoma Selling Clothing Retail at Manufacturers Prices.

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#84 Pacific Hardware Co., 1136 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

Pacific Hardware Co., 1136 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

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#85 Goutts & Drummond, Tailors, 303 South 11th Street, Tacoma, 1892

Goutts & Drummond, Tailors, 303 South 11th Street, Tacoma, 1892

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#86 Brunswick Billiard Hall, 1307 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 1892

Brunswick Billiard Hall, 1307 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 1892

Two men converse on the Street in front of the building, others face the storefront, and one man enters the building. A high-wheel bicycle leans against a lamp post in front of the building.

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#87 Northern Pacific Railroad freight office at Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific Railroad freight office at Tacoma, 1890

In the background, a fence extending from one side of the building partially obscures horse-drawn wagons at the far end of the building. A pile of lumber and the open ground are in the foreground.

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#88 McLean, McMillan & Co., Grocers, Tacoma, 1892

McLean, McMillan & Co., Grocers, Tacoma, 1892

Boxes of fruits and vegetables are displayed outside the store, including eggplants and pineapples. Handwritten labels identify these items as Hubbard Squash, Yakima Valley Water Melons, Yakima Valley Concord Grapes, Puyallup Vegetables, Mush Melons, etc. Posing for the photographer in the store doorway are two men in long, white aprons, a woman, and three men partially visible behind them.

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#89 Abraham Pink, Junk Dealer and Dr. Henry Vidal, Physician, C Street, Tacoma, 1891

Abraham Pink, Junk Dealer and Dr. Henry Vidal, Physician, C Street, Tacoma, 1891

Two men sit in a small, covered horse-drawn delivery wagon on the plank street in front of the business. The office of Dr. Vidal, 1316 South C Street, is in the adjacent building in image right, and two men are standing on the sidewalk.

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#90 Steam and sailing ships at Tacoma dock, 1890

Steam and sailing ships at Tacoma dock, 1890

The ship is visible from the starboard side of the bow end. The dock is in the image left foreground. Three or four passengers are standing on the ship's lower deck. The S.S. Washington is at the dock in the image center. The S.S. State of Washington is in the left image background at the dock. The masts of a sailing ship are visible behind the latter ship. The S.S. Premier was built in 1887 in San Francisco for the Canadian Pacific Nav. Co. and ran to northwest coast ports. Her name was changed in 1894 to the S.S. Charmer.

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#91 Puget Sound Savings Bank, 2422 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 1891

Puget Sound Savings Bank, 2422 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 1891

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#92 Camp Tacoma, Long Beach, 1891

Camp Tacoma, Long Beach, 1891

Two of the women and the boy are sitting by a table in front of the tent with eating dishes stacked on it, in the image center-left... One of the men, holding a long stick, sits on the ground by the table. Another woman sits on a bench in the image center, holding the end of the guitar, with its body resting on the ground. Two men stand behind her. A painted canvas sits on a painting easel nearby. Another man stands at the image center-right.

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#93 Henry F. Berryhill, Grocer, 1811 Center Street, Tacoma, 1890

Henry F. Berryhill, Grocer, 1811 Center Street, Tacoma, 1890

The White House Exchange, ca. 1890. A horse-drawn wagon is on the Street. Two small wooden structures, one a house and possibly an adjacent outhouse, are on the logged hill behind the stores.

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#94 California Wine House, 1150 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1895

California Wine House, 1150 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1895

The store name is on the show windows and a sign above the doors and windows. An outdoor light hangs from a pole in front of the entrance. Four men stand in the doorway, and the one on the left appears to be Frederick Williams. Small parts of the businesses on either side are visible.

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#95 Parish Hardware, 934 So. C St, Tacoma, 1890

Parish Hardware, 934 So. C St, Tacoma, 1890

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#96 Piksa & Shott, Merchant Tailors, 948 C St., Tacoma, 1890

Piksa & Shott, Merchant Tailors, 948 C St., Tacoma, 1890

Bolts of fabric are displayed in the window. Thomas Bros., a printing business, is at photo left. Sign in the window: The Thomas Printing House.

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#97 Cascade Steam Laundry, 2124 A St., Tacoma, 1890

Cascade Steam Laundry, 2124 A St., Tacoma, 1890

Three women sit in a second-story window of the 3-story building, and two women stand at the building's corner.

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#98 Pacific Avenue from Thirteenth St., Tacoma, 1890

Pacific Avenue from Thirteenth St., Tacoma, 1890

Commercial buildings, some with awnings, line the Street, some pedestrians are on the sidewalks. Vertical sign on the telephone pole in the image left.

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#99 George Jewell, Produce, 946 South C St., Tacoma, 1890

George Jewell, Produce, 946 South C St., Tacoma, 1890

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#100 Model Grocery Store, 907 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

Model Grocery Store, 907 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

Wooden crates and a low shelf hold produce in front of the store. In image right, an adjacent butcher shop has four animal carcasses hanging from hooks in front of the shop.

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#101 George R. Williams, 1531 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1891

George R. Williams, 1531 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1891

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#102 The People’s Hand Laundry, 1117 South Eleventh Street, Tacoma, 1894

The People's Hand Laundry, 1117 South Eleventh Street, Tacoma, 1894

One man wears a straw hat, shirt, tie, and vest, and the other wears a bowler hat and an apron over his suit coat. One of the women wears an apron. A covered, horse-drawn delivery buggy for the business, with a driver, is in the image left in front of the business.

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#103 Sixth Addition Market, 4529 South M Street, Tacoma, 1898

Sixth Addition Market, 4529 South M Street, Tacoma, 1898

Frank Glass, on the left, wears an apron. Three high stools are in front of the counter. Two carcasses hang in the image left. Pieces of meat hang on the back walls.

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#104 C Street from Union Club House Tacoma, 1892

C Street from Union Club House Tacoma, 1892

The First Methodist Episcopal Church, southwest corner of C Street and S. Seventh Street, is near the image left edge, and the Grand Pacific Hotel is partially visible behind it. The residence of Samuel Wilkeson, 626 C Street, is at the image right edge.

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#105 Pierce County Courthouse and Businesses, C Street, Tacoma, 1891

Pierce County Courthouse and Businesses, C Street, Tacoma, 1891

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#106 Northern Pacific Railroad Dock Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific Railroad Dock Tacoma, 1890

A logged hillside in the image lower right foreground, with a small log building above the lower right. The S.S. George E. Starr, a sidewheeler steamship, is docked at image lower left. Another steamship is also docked nearby. A railroad freight car is near them on the dock. Buildings are on pilings in the water in the image lower center and near the image lower-left corner.

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#107 “Camp Tacoma” Long Beach, 1891

"Camp Tacoma" Long Beach, 1891

Two of the women and the boy are sitting by a table in front of the tent with eating dishes stacked on it, in the image center-left... One of the men, holding a long stick, sits on the ground by the table. Another woman sits on a bench in image center right, holding a guitar on her lap. A man sits beside her. Two men stand nearby, near a painting easel. A painted canvas sits on the easel.

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#108 Northern Pacific Railroad Headquarters Building, 625 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

Northern Pacific Railroad Headquarters Building, 625 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 1890

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#109 Sherman School Building, North Cottage Place, Tacoma, 1891

Sherman School Building, North Cottage Place, Tacoma, 1891

In the image left foreground, a large pile of cut wood is next to the building. A few school children stand by the corner of the building in the image right. A water tower is visible in the image right background. A large building is in the left image background.

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#110 Singer Mnfg. Co., 954 C. Street, Tacoma, 1890

Singer Mnfg. Co., 954 C. Street, Tacoma, 1890

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#111 McClean, McMillan & Co., Grocers, 911-913 C St., Tacoma, 1897

McClean, McMillan & Co., Grocers, 911-913 C St., Tacoma, 1897

A few crates of produce are on the sidewalk in front of the store. Pyramids of canned items are in 2 store windows. Two horse-drawn delivery wagons are partially visible on the Street.

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#112 Ship J.M. Weatherwax, lumber schooner, Commencement Bay, Tacoma, 1890

Ship J.M. Weatherwax, lumber schooner, Commencement Bay, Tacoma, 1890

None are obvious. The ship J.M. Weatherwax, a three-masted schooner loaded with lumber, is in the foreground, viewed from the port side. She was built in Aberdeen. The ship King Cedric, a Norwegian bark, is correct in the image center.

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#113 California Building, Tacoma, Eleventh Street, and Pacific Avenue, 1890

California Building, Tacoma, Eleventh Street, and Pacific Avenue, 1890

David Wilson built the building. A ladder extends from the ground to the top of the building in the image right. It appears to be stabilized by ropes or cables extending out of the image on both sides. Two workers stand in one of the upper-story windows. Building supplies are on the ground in front of the building, with workers standing by them.

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#114 Calkins and Pratt Homes, North Slope Historic District, Tacoma, 1892

Calkins and Pratt Homes, North Slope Historic District, Tacoma, 1892

Pictured is the former home of Hon. Williams H. Calkins at 323 North J Street, now owned by Mrs. Emil Kleise, and the former home of LeRoy Pratt, former People's Store manager, at 329 North J Street. But the houses' positions are not indicated. Both were built in 1890.

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#115 Centre Store, 1207 Centre Street, Tacoma, 1890

Centre Store, 1207 Centre Street, Tacoma, 1890

Centre Street later became Center Street. Two illegible posters, one with a man's head and possibly a woman's, is in the store windows. A man sits on a horse-team-drawn wagon in front of the store, and another man sits astride a horse nearby.

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#116 Oscar Nuhn, Jobber and Retailer, Books and Stationery, 930 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 1890

Oscar Nuhn, Jobber and Retailer, Books and Stationery, 930 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 1890

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#117 Theodore F. Peterman, Mfgr. Sash, Doors & Moldings, 2533 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 1890

Theodore F. Peterman, Mfgr. Sash, Doors & Moldings, 2533 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 1890

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#118 Stone Masons at Building Construction Site, Tacoma, 1890

Stone Masons at Building Construction Site, Tacoma, 1890

A first-floor stone arch is being constructed in the image left. Four men wearing aprons pose on scaffolding erected across the building front, arch, and standing on the adjacent partially constructed stone wall. A few other workers pose nearby on the scaffolding in the image right. A man wearing an apron stands behind a long stone slab on the ground in front of the building, amidst other stone pieces, some partially carved.

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#119 Charles H. Manley Home and Family, 944 E (Fawcett) Street, Tacoma, 1890

Charles H. Manley Home and Family, 944 E (Fawcett) Street, Tacoma, 1890

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#120 Elevator A, Tacoma 1891 Old Centennial Flour Mill, 1891

Elevator A, Tacoma 1891 Old Centennial Flour Mill, 1891

A railroad track curves from image lower-left corner along the hillside base above the hill. A sailing ship is in the water next to loading areas on the waterside of the mill. Railroad tracks are visible next to the water above the image lower right edge, and two small buildings on piers over the water are nearby.

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#121 Puget Sound Second Hand Store, 1310 South C Street, Tacoma, 1892

Puget Sound Second Hand Store, 1310 South C Street, Tacoma, 1892

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#122 John Berryman, Grocery Store, 1355 So. C Street, Tacoma, 1892

John Berryman, Grocery Store, 1355 So. C Street, Tacoma, 1892

The small boy holds a package in his arms. A few full sacks lie on a hand truck at the sidewalk's edge, along with a barrel and a few wooden boxes. A horse hitched to a covered wagon, which is partially visible, is in photo left.

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#123 John Harvey, Blacksmith, 1018 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, 1891

John Harvey, Blacksmith, 1018 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, 1891

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#124 Henry Hewitt residence, 1890

Henry Hewitt residence, 1890

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