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coneyislandgreen Says: A new venue for good talks is the Satellite Coffee House. It's located above Supernova salon/ tattoo and Tricky's Pop-Culture Emporium on. It's a cozy building, with a cool crow's-nest perch overlooking Wright Park. Satellite takes their coffee very seriously and serves only...
coneyislandgreen Says: I choose other because "The Jive" as we call it or "Bob's Java Dive" seems to morph continuously into a unique being of it's own. There is nothing to compare it to really, it's the apex in quirky places and it's history is even more colorful then the interior walls. Here's a...
While it didn't wind up being the grand city its original boosters envisioned, Tacoma did wind up being an important termination point for the Northern Pacific Railway and Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad.
Evidence still abounds of this tradition, including Tacoma Union Station (now a courthouse - the railroad lines that once served it disappeared when Interstate 705 was built), Freighthouse Square (a shopping center built from a railroad freight house) and the large, busy railroad yards on the north side of the city.
Perhaps the best way to get an impression of this long tradition is to go inside Freighthouse Square and take a look at the historic photos on the walls of the shopping center. You will see evidence of what Tacoma once was in terms of being the "City of Destiny" in the nickname of the city.
However, other remains of this long tradition remain scattered about the Tacoma area - sometimes built right into the modern decorations.
Just east of Freighthouse Square is a bridge on the old Milwaukee Road line that connected Tacoma to the south. Despite that railroad having left town in 1980 the bridge still has the remains of the Milwaukee Road emblem on it (see photo 3).
Railroad related decorations may be found in a number of other locations, such as the one seen in Photo 4.
The street tree planters around the Tacoma Dome and Freighthouse Square are unique to this area, and feature locomotive decorations (see photo 5).
Updated Sep 28, 2012