100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 2, 1913
Constructed at a cost of more than $500,000, the exact amount not to be determined for some time, the 11th Street bridge will be opened to pedestrians tomorrow. With this arrangement for the working people on the Tideflats, the old bridge will be closed to all traffic and the draw removed so as to allow the sift span of the new bridge to be lowered into place. At present the lift is several feet above the surface of the bridge roadbed, and an inclined plane has been built connecting the two.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 2, 1963
An Olympia firm says it has the answer to those who want to rinse out the “Wash” on state license plates. A.W. Turnbow, head of Turnbow Enterprises, announced a rubberized strip that contains the full name “Washington” in large green letters. It can be placed over the abbreviation on the plates. However, a question arises as to whether a deviation from the abbreviation would be allowed. Mrs. Louise Taylor, director of the State Department of Licenses, said the decal with the added advertising plug, “Most Beautiful State,” would be legal.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 2, 1988
Tacoma Dome Manager Jay Green thinks like a businessman, but he has to answer to an unseal board of directors. Like its nearest competitors – the Seattle Center Coliseum and the Kingdome – the Tacoma Dome is owned by the taxpayers. Green’s ultimate bosses are the citizens of Tacoma and, more directly, the city manager, council and mayor. That means he must be sensitive to voters and local business interests who want him to provide certain kinds of entertainment in the Dome. When he markets the building, he has to be sure he doesn’t violate laws that apply to officials who spend public money. At the same time, he has to pay constant attention to the bottom line.