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Facts About Tacoma

20 Interesting Facts About Tacoma, Washington

Facts About Tacoma

  1. The name Tacoma means Mother of the Waters, from the Indian name for Mt. Rainier
  2. Tacoma adopted the “city of destiny’ as its official slogan in 1873.
  3. The port of Tacoma covers more than 2,400 acres, making It the 6th largest port in North America.
  4. The city has an area of 62.34 square miles, of which 49.72 square miles is land and 12.62 square miles is water.
  5. The city is the birthplace of Bing Crosby, a famous American actor and singer who has more than half a billion records in circulation and is hailed as one of the best selling artists.
  6. The Tacoma Dome is the largest wood-domed arena in the world, constructed with 1.6 million board feet.
  7. 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.
  8. The city is home to the Museum of Glass, which displays different types of glass art from the region as well as from all over the world.
  9. Tacoma was incorporated on November 12, 1875.
  10. 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.
  11. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, built-in 1950, is the fifth-longest suspension bridge in the world.
  12. Tacoma is at 47°14′29″N 122°27′34″W (47.241371, −122.459389).
  13. Point Defiance, a 700-acre park, is one of the largest urban parks in the nation. Only second only Central Park in New York City.
  14. Tacoma elevation is 381 feet, varying between sea level and about 500 feet.
  15. The area was inhabited for thousands of years by American Indians, most recently the Puyallup people, who lived in settlements on the delta.
  16. Tacoma is twinned with the following sister cities Kitakyushu, Japan; Gunsan, South Korea; Ålesund, Norway; Vladivostok, Russia; Fuzhou, China; Davao City, Philippines; George, South Africa; Cienfuegos, Cuba; Taichung, Taiwan; El Jadida, Morocco; Biot, France; Boca del Río, Mexico & Brovary, Ukraine.
  17. The city gained notoriety in 1940 for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which earned the nickname “Galloping Gertie”.
  18. the City of Tacoma the major employers in the area include the military, healthcare, finance and insurance, aerospace, trade and logistics, government and education.
  19. The population of Tacoma is 219,346, as of 2020.
  20. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third-largest in the state.
Facts About Tacoma
Facts About Tacoma