Earth Day at 50 years – April 22, 1970

Editor: Marianne Lincoln 50 years ago today in the United States, we held the very first Earth Day. I was 13 years old and in 7th grade at Bethel Junior High. We cleaned up landscaping and planted flowers. We drew pictures of Earth and other planetary art work. We heard the new movement of environmentalists…

Toxic chemicals found on Brookdale site

The development of the Brookdale Golf Course and its associated historical assets has been controversial for many years. The presence of wagon ruts on the property was preserved by the golf course management, as well as the cemetery of its early settlers. Now officially sold to Ichijo USA Co. LTS of Redmond, the golf course…

A Scandinavian Christmas – this week at PLU

Do you speak Norwegian and love their Christmas traditions? The Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University hosts a Norwegian language Christmas service inside the Ness Chapel (3rd floor) in The Karen H. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Eastvold). This year, the service will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. This…

Dec 1 Open House at Prairie House Museum

How about a bit of Fa, La ,La, La, La at the Prairie House Museum in Spanaway? On Sunday, December 1, 2019, the Spanaway Historical Society will open the Museum for some old fashioned Christmas fun. Come celebrate from 1-3 p.m. when Prairie House Museum will be open for their annual Christmas Open House.  The museum…

Hearings Examiner on Brookdale Golf Course

This link is the report from the Pierce County Hearings Examiner on the development at the Brookdale Golf Course. It is a PDF file. Brookdale PDD Hearings Examiner 2 21 2019

Matching grants help preserve Pierce County landmarks

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2020 Preservation Matching Grant Program. These grants assist in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. The program’s goal is to distribute small, yet meaningful, matching grants to help promote historic preservation throughout the county. Grant requests can be made for two…

Kids Day at Prairie House Museum April 3

Do you know the history of Spanaway and it surrounding area? Here is a good opportunity to make use of a day in the middle of Spring Break to explore, play and learn with your children or grandchildren at the Prairie House Museum in Spanaway. April 3, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Prairie…

Spanaway has a rich history

A few days ago I visited Heritage Bank on the corner of Military Road and Pacific Avenue. As President of the Spanaway Community Association, the new manager began talking about adding photos to the wall, depicting the history of Spanaway. I told her I would bring some in short order. In the past couple of…

The British were coming

If you study the history of Pierce County Washington, you have to recognize the competition between American Settlers and British Settlers in the area. The British settlers were aided by the presence of Fort Nisqually, their general store and purveyor of supplies and utensils to get started in this wilderness. Americans were reprimanded by peer pressure…

Cities of Pierce County Washington

Pierce County, Washington came into existence after Oregon became a state in 1853. Prior to that time, this area was considered to be part of Lewis County, Oregon Territory. That detail makes some historical research tricky. Another complicating factor in Pierce County history is the ownership claim of the Hudson Bay Company (HBC). When Washington…

South Pierce County History Presentation

On March 14, 2018, Pierce Prairie Post Editor, Marianne Lincoln will be presenting to the University Place Historical Society on South Pierce County History at Windmill Village 3715 Bridgeport Way w., University Place, wa. 98466 building D2. Starting with the Graham Community Plan in 2004, Marianne went “all in” to learning as much as possible about…

Packed House at Elmhurst

PARKLAND, WA — On Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., there was a room at Elmhurst Elementary with over 100 people packed in, overflowing into the hallway and outside into the courtyard. The meeting was about the development of the Brookdale Golf Course into housing. Paul Green, of Azure Green Consultants, LLC was the featured speaker….