From the Archives & Special Collections

archives_tacomaThe Canse pamphlets are a lot of fun to wander around in. According to our finding aid on Archives West, John M. Canse was a pastor for the University Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle in 1909. Most of his collection of pamphlets are relevant to this area, particularly travel pamphlets in the Washington and Oregon area. Among these are railroads, highways, bridges, expositions, national parks, forts, and other material. Again, I say they’re a lot of fun because a lot of them are very colorful and have a very vintage, not-necessarily-correct-anymore info, though this one is pretty close still.

This specific one I’ve chosen to take photos of is Tacoma: where to go – what to see in the Evergreen Playground. It also happened to include another pamphlet for the Floating Bridge in Seattle. So in case you’re wondering what exactly there is to do in our lovely city, here are some ideas!

Check out the State Historical Museum!

Go wander around Wright Park (it also has a very nice botanical garden).

Look at McChord Field, a Northwest Army Air Base. From a distance. They won’t let you on.

Tacoma is the fifth city in the nation in flour milling.

Point Defiance Park has excursion boat trips during the summer (supposedly).

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Morgan Ford

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