Northern Pacific Railroad

On July 14, 1873, Northern Pacific Railroad executives announced their plans to establish the railroad's Puget Sound terminus in Tacoma.


Tacoma History Within Reach

Get closer to Tacoma's history with Tacoma Historical Society and Tacoma Historical Society Museum

Have a conversation. Handle an artifact. Connect with experts in Tacoma history. At Tacoma Historical Society, history isn't just something in a glass case. It's alive and accessible.

It's our mission to collect, document, and share the unique history of Tacoma, Washington — and our passion to share it with you. At Tacoma Historical Society and Tacoma Historical Society Museum, we forge connections between generations, foster an appreciation for the past, and cultivate a sense of place within our community.