Tacoma, Wednesday, July 17
It rained during the night with overcast skies this morning so we modified our plans a bit. Rather than going back to Point Defiance for an early morning walk, we made a run to Target and then headed to the Washington History Museum in downtown Tacoma.
We stopped in at the federal courthouse to view some more Chihuly sculptures hanging there before proceeding to the History Museum. The courthouse had been Union Station in a previous life. Tacoma’s history is heavily tied to the railroads, initially the Northern Pacific which ran from Duluth, MN to Tacoma. As the western rail terminus and connection to ocean shipping, Tacoma became a boom town quickly.
The History Museum does a nice job of covering state history. Displays covered such growth factors as lumbering, shipping, agriculture, and railroads. It made obvious mention of the role of Microsoft and Boeing.
The museum was blunt about discrimination and the labor strifes that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I paid less attention to the geological aspects, having seen this extensively in the last few months.
We returned to A Renaissance Cafe for lunch before heading back to our lodging. Dinner was with Pat and Harold at their daughter Catherine’s house in Seattle. It was great to recall memories of our times back in Carlisle and to be brought up-to-date on each other’s activities.
Thursday we leave for four nights in Olympic National Park.
Ed and Chris July 18 7 AM