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The City of Destiny. Located in Pierce County, Tacoma, WA is the county seat with an estimated population of 199,637 as of 2009. Tacoma, WA is located on Commencement Bay of Puget Sound at the foot of beautiful Mount Rainer, and is the third largest city in Washington.
Tacoma's name derived from the Indian word meaning "Mount Rainer." Its slogan "City of Destiny" was adopted when Tacoma, WA was chosen to be the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1873 - instead of Seattle. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only 20 miles away.
Early ancestors came to Tacoma's north shores around 1792, headed by Captain George Vancouver. Then "New" Tacoma, WA began to grow around 1870 when the Northern Pacific Railroad created a transcontinental line stop there. The old and new towns merged in 1884 to incorporate simply as Tacoma, WA. The population had grown to around 36,000 by 1890, and sawmills, flour mills and coal mines contributed greatly to the economy.
Tacoma, WA is also home of the Port of Tacoma, which has become the seventh largest container port in the nation. Tacoma, WA has grown into a popular town offering delicious dining, abundant shopping and theaters.
In recent years, some well-known people have lived in Tacoma, Washington, including Eleanor Donahue, Gary Larson, Bing Crosby, Dyan Cannon and Richard Brautigan. In 1992, a popular movie called "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" was filmed there.
Tacoma, WA hosts several interesting festivals throughout the year. In January, there is a full schedule with the Home and Garden Show, the Northwest Bridal Expo and the Palmer/Wirfs Antique Show. For February, there is the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival. The Annual Daffodil Festival takes place in April to welcome in Spring. Also, there is a July 4th celebration in the Old Town. Summer events include the Tall Ships Festival and the Pierce County Fair.
Tacoma, Washington offers a wide variety of attractions and recreation for visitors. History lovers can tour one of the many museums in or near Tacoma, WA, including the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass or Fort Nisqually.
The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has the wildlife and marine life for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy. Also, there is Point Defiance Park, where Owen Beach, Fort Nisqually and lovely public gardens are located. Fort Nisqually is a living history museum where the early days of Washington come to life. Tourists can experience first-hand how traders and other early businesspeople of the area lived, worked and played. Historic buildings are on the grounds as well and open for tours.
For live entertainment or a tour of Tacoma's Shanaman Sports Museum, tourists can visit the Tacoma Dome Entertainment Complex while in town. It's located near the Commencement Bay.
Downtown Tacoma, Washington boasts pedestrian-friendly streets, inviting historic and contemporary buildings and fine restaurants. The streets and sidewalks are not over-crowded so one can enjoy a relaxing walk while shopping or visiting museums and other interesting sites.
Tacoma, WA is a place where one can explore the old and the new. To learn more about Tacoma, Washington USA visit the City of Tacoma's web site City of Tacoma.