100 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 6, 1913
The Northern Pacific Railway company will begin laying rails in June on the $4 million Point Defiance line, according to an announcement today by J.C. Breedlove, engineer in charge of construction of the double-track water-grade route to the port of Tacoma. The road is now 65 per cent complete and it will be possible to begin putting down the track in places before the contractors have finished with the entire right of way.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 6, 1963
Tacoma’s urban renewal program, long sidetracked by the state Supreme Court, began picking up steam yesterday as the City Council hired a syndicate of architects for downtown planning studies and approved condemnation of unacquired property in the Center Street area. The council ended eight hours of interviews and discussions by hiring a combine headed by Rockrise & Watson, San Francisco architects, for planning and design studies for the first downtown renewal project.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
March 6, 1988
The radio scanner in the Parkland Towing truck picked up the calm chatter of police voices. But there was no one among the 30 or so tow trucks crammed around Mountain View Funeral Home’s Garden Chapel to hear the first report of an auto accident or breakdown. The tow truck drivers were in the chapel to honor one of their own. Thomas W. Verschuren, 22 and father of three children, died Feb. 27 in a fiery crash involving Verschuren’s tow truck, a Pierce Transit bus and a car. The accident at South 112th Street and Yakima Avenue is under police investigation. “This is an accident that shouldn’t have happened,” said Sharon Burns, operator of Burns Towing, the McKinley Avenue firm for which Verschuren had worked.