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Old Town Tacoma

One of the Original Settlements in Tacoma History


Old Town Tacoma

Old Town Tacoma

Kristin Kendle

Old Town Tacoma is a small area of Tacoma close to the WaterfrontStadium, and downtown districts, but with its own distinct atmosphere. This is the original Tacoma and has a few historical sites to prove it. Today, this is a cute area of town to live, work, or enjoy a latte at a sidewalk table.

Old Town Boundaries:
Old Town is small, largely located on North 30th Street between Starr and Carr Streets, but also spans down onto the Waterfront around McCarver.

Pierce Transit Route 13 goes along North 30th Street, up through the Proctor District, and over to Pearl Street. Route 11 passes a few blocks away from North 30th.

Old Town Apartments and Real Estate:
Old Town apartments are some of the main features of this small strip. There are at least two apartment buildings sandwiched into the buildings around Starbucks.

Condos also figure prominently in this area, with several condo buildings located around Starr and North 30th. Condos in this area start as low as the mid-200,000s, but are more typically sold in the $300-400,000 range.

Old Town homes overlap with North Tacoma boundaries, but there are homes located on both sides of North 30th as well as up the hill leading to the Proctor District. Much like condos, homes can be as low as the 200,000s, but are usually $300,000 and above. Many of the properties of all sorts in this area have partial to very good views of the water.

Old Town Restaurants:
Old Town restaurants include everything from coffee shops to sit-down places. The requisite Starbucks is found right on North 30th with outdoor tables for when the weather is nice. Right next door to that is Café Divino—a great little wine bar with good appetizers. Tully’s is located just a block up, as is the Hawthorne Tea Room.

Across the street is The Spar Tavern, which has a coffee shop side as well as a restaurant side with live music on Sundays and coin-op pool. The Waterfront restaurants are just a few blocks away on Ruston Way as well.

Old Town Attractions and Things to Do:
Even though this area is small, Old Town Tacoma has a few things to do. The Job Carr Cabin Museum is a great place to visit to learn more about Tacoma’s history and one of its original pioneers. Especially around Christmas, the Job Carr Cabin Museum hosts some special family events. The Sandpiper Gallery is also worth a visit and is located on North 30th.

Other businesses here include the Ambrosia Florist, Old Town Bicycle, Bayview Medical Clinic, Bayview Optical, dentists and a chiropractor, and Old Town Hair Designers.
The nearest hotels to the area are the Silvercloud Inn on the Waterfront and the hotels located in downtown Tacoma.

Old Town History:
Job Carr, a veteran of the Civil War, came to Tacoma in 1865 and built a log cabin, which later became the town post office. Old Town was a seperate settlement from what was Tacoma's early beginnings.

The waterfront settlement grew and was largely populated by immigrants who turned the area into a fishing village. The Job Carr Cabin Museum is a recreation of the original cabin and Tacoma’s first church is also located in Old Town.

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