Tacoma's Salmon Beach, Washington (Images of America Series)

Tacoma's Salmon Beach, Washington (Images of America Series)

by Roger Cushman Edwards
     
 

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Perched on the shores of the Tacoma Narrows, the community of Salmon Beach overlooks the spectacular Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Built as a series of fishing shacks on the beach, Salmon Beach took on a more permanent

flavor after Henry O. Foss towed his two-story boathouse from the city to the tidelands south of Point Defiance. After electricity was introduced in

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Perched on the shores of the Tacoma Narrows, the community of Salmon Beach overlooks the spectacular Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Built as a series of fishing shacks on the beach, Salmon Beach took on a more permanent

flavor after Henry O. Foss towed his two-story boathouse from the city to the tidelands south of Point Defiance. After electricity was introduced in 1934, more comfortable cottages were built in this fishing community. From summer beach camping to an isolated refuge in the middle of a city, a haven for rumrunners during Prohibition to the counterculture enclave of the 1960s, the community of Salmon Beach has weathered fires, evictions, landslides,

and government caprice to become the unique neighborhood of Tacoma it is today.

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Title: 2 receive Tacoma Historical Society Awards

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: Tacoma Daily Indes

Date: 4/17/09

The Tacoma Historical Society (THS) has announced this year's recipients of the Alan C. Liddle Award and the Murray Morgan Award, which were presented at the Society's annual meeting April 13.

The Alan C. Liddle Award -- named for the local architect and historic preservation champion -- was awarded to Robert W. Evans. This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the preservation of Tacoma's historic structures.

Evans has been involved in most of the initiatives to make Tacoma better city since he moved here from his native Oakland, Calif., said THS Director Mary Bowlby in a statement. Like Alan Liddle, Evans was one of the first to recognize the importance to saving Tacoma's downtown buildings. He is a charter member of the effort to save the Murray Morgan Bridge, and was involved in starting the Tacoma Architectural Foundation. Evans' service to the community has included the Tacoma Planning Commission, Tacoma City Council, and Tacoma Library Board.

"Bob has long been a voice heard throughout the community, vigorously encouraging Tacoma to treasure its historic architecture, whether a grand structure or a simple railroad warehouse," added Bowlby. "His message wasn't always popular, but he never stopped speaking on behalf of historic preservation."

The Murray Morgan Award -- named for the famed author -- was awarded to Roger Cushman Edwards. This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to efforts to preserve and communicate local history.

Cushman Edwards is the great-great-grandson of Joseph "Old Cush" Cushman, who arrived in Olympia, Wash. Territory, in 1852. Roger bought his first cabin at Salmon Beach in 1962, is the chairman of the Salmon Beach Historical Society, and spearheaded the movement to have Salmon Beach declared a state historic district. He is the author of the 2006 "Images of America" book, Tacoma's Salmon Beach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738531083
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/17/2006
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author


Author Roger Cushman Edwards is the greatgreatgrandson of Joseph "Old Cush" Cushman, who arrived in Olympia, Washington Territory, in 1852. Edwards bought his first cabin at Salmon Beach in 1962, is the chairman of the Salmon Beach Historical Society, and spearheaded the movement to have Salmon Beach declared a state historic district. The wonderful collection of vintage images presented in this book has been culled from his own collection and the collection of nationally known photographer Virna Haffer.

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