Originally called Takhoma or Tahoma, Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier.
In the late 19th century, the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The locals dubbed it the “City of Destiny”. The main factor in the railroads decision was because of Commencement Bays deep water harbor.
Because the rails connected directly to the bay, it’s motto became “When rails meet sails”.
To this day, Commencement Bay is the center of all international trade on the Pacific Coast and is the largest port in Washington State.
In 1940, Tacoma gained notoriety for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which earned the nickname “Galloping Gertie“.
Information Source: wikipedia.com
Named one of the most livable areas in the United States, the population is quite diverse. There are several smaller communities throughout Tacoma to explore. like Ruston.
Something is always going on in the area and the variety to choose from is fantastic. What’s even better, is that it is possible for anyone to get practically everywhere.
The area is rich with art, history, and theology.