Tacoma's Lincoln District

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In 1889, a 40-acre parcel south of downtown Tacoma was set aside as South Park. In 1901, park commissioners officially changed the name to Lincoln Park to honor the former president. Lincoln remained the area's namesake, and portions of the park were carved out to create Lincoln High School in 1913 and Lincoln Bowl in the 1940s. The 20th century witnessed much change as the area became more diverse; businesses came and went; and, instead of the streetcar tracks that once crisscrossed the district, Interstate 5 now draws an obvious boundary to the north. The heart of the Lincoln District, however, remains the same—a neighborhood of modest single-family homes and thriving businesses, with the high school at its center. This book shares stories of the district's creation, development, and, most importantly, people—residents; business owners; Lincoln High School students and teachers; and significant visitors, ranging from politicians and athletes to entertainers as varied as Paul Robeson and Elvis Presley.
ISBN: 9781467128674
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 197
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kimberly M. Davenport is a teacher, musician, and student of local history. A proud resident of the Lincoln District for nearly 20 years, she serves as director of the Tacoma Historical Society in addition to teaching a variety of courses for local universities. The images presented here were gathered from the Tacoma Public Library, Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Historical Society, and Lincoln District residents, both past and present.
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