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Look Up, Tacoma! A Walking Tour of Tacoma, Washington


a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com


by Doug Gelbert


published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords


Copyright 2012 by Cruden Bay Books


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European-American settlement began on the shores of Commencement Bay in the 1850s with Swedish immigrant Nicolas De Lin’s sawmill providing what little industry the settlement enjoyed. Although blessed by a deep natural harbor, the 1870 the United States census counted only 78 people in Tacoma, which took its name from the Puyallup Indian name for the mountain (Mt. Rainier today) that loomed over the bay. Like many a 19th-century American frontier town Tacoma’s fate would be determined by the vagaries of the railroad.

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