A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 2, 1912
Tacoma’s $3,000,000 Nisqually power plant, completed after more than two years of work and many more of agitation, began operation today. Nineteen hundred horse power was received over the wires from LaGrande, about 40 miles from Tacoma, this morning and was turned into the machines pumping water at the South Tacoma Wells. For two hours, the water used by the city was pumped by power from the new plant. The first charge was sent over one of the heavy copper wires late yesterday afternoon. Project Engineer Herman B. Keith said little about it, beyond remarking that everything was going well.
75 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 2, 1937
Representative John N. Coffee is optimistic over the ultimate success of Tacoma’s drive to get the Narrows spanned by a bridge, but he sees no easy road toward accomplishment of that goal. The Congressman believes the best chance of Tacoma to procure the bridge lies in a personal appeal to the President by the Washington’s congressional delegation.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 2, 1962
The State Board Against Discrimination was defended yesterday by a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against an attack by the president of the Seattle NAACP. Jack Tanner of Tacoma, national board member and Northwest area NAACP president, wired Gov. Rosellini that he was satisfied with the board’s “integrity and ability.”