Wicked Tacoma

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Tacoma, the city where the rails meet the sails, has always been a place of innovation and rule-breakers. When the railroad came in the nineteenth century, business boomed, along with smuggling, bootlegging and prostitution. Men such as Peter Sandberg walked the line between criminal and respectable. Police in the growing town had their hands full not just with human criminals, but with stray cows, ducks and the occasional bear. Rumor has it that in the 1920s, gangsters Lucky Luciano and Frank Nitti were sent to cool their heels in the port city and may have been behind a smoke bomb attack on a movie theater. Join author Karla Stover as she delves into the wild and colorful past of the City of Destiny.
ISBN: 9781467148443
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Washington
Series: Wicked
Images: 48
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Karla Stover was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington with honors in history. She has been writing for more than twenty-five years. In 2008, she won the Chistell Prize for a short story titled “One Day at Appomattox.” For more than fifteen years, she hosted a radio program discussing Tacoma and local history on KLAY AM 1180. She is the author of several books and is currently working on a novel based on the lives of the Everleigh sisters.
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