Altrusa Wine, Dine and Tour brought history alive at Marymount

Saturday, March 23 the Altrusa Club of South Pierce County held its 9th annual Wine, Dine and Tour Event at the Marymount Event Center. This event helps the Altrusa Foundation fund scholarships in the Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts. Tickets for the event were sold out in advance as people were excited to have the private…

Prairie House Museum – Kids Day April 3

SPANAWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY — On Wednesday, April 3rd, come spend the afternoon with us at the Prairie House Museum. This will be our 23rd Kids’ Day. Enjoy life at the turn of the century. Tour our 1890’s farm house and outbuildings. Make butter, pop popcorn, see farm animals. We have lots of new displays including a…

Apply for a landmarks preservation grant by April 15

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts. Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. The maximum request is $10,000 for stabilization, restoration or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government register-listed buildings…

Farewell Elk Plain Café

Farewell Elk Plain Café By Marianne Lincoln It was 1901, Lillian and Thorne Tibbitts built a business on the new Mountain Highway south of Spanaway. Inside the enterprise, Lillian sold gasoline, groceries and auto accessories to neighbors and people passing by on their way to the mountain. The gas was Red Crown, a division of…

Help the POST deliver your local news and get a tax deduction

Dear Pierce Prairie Post Reader,   Before you count down the final seconds of 2012, you should know that we are counting on you. When you read an article, it helps our statistics and helps us to convince advertisers to invest in our publication. Since we are also non-profit, if you like having a local…

It’s Elk Plain, not Bethel Station

By Marianne Lincoln, lifelong Elk Plain resident EDITORIAL Bethel Station is a shopping center, not a community. Spanaway Plaza, Pacific Commons and the new Mountain Plaza are also shopping centers in Spanaway, but no one is trying to name communities after them. The name Bethel Station was picked up by the Post Office in Washington D.C….

Following Indian Henry

An obscure green fence at 84th Street and Thompson Avenue in Tacoma is indented away from the sidewalk. There, two rocks lay resting, one with markings that have been worn away by years of weather. Across Thompson is a larger rock, almost 6 feet tall, newer with an inscription still visible. These monuments denote the…

Tax breaks for historic sites on County Council agenda

PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL — NOTICE OF COUNCIL FINAL HEARING FOR THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL:  3:00 pm, December 11, 2012 Pierce County Council Chambers, Room 1045 930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 1. Proposal No. 2012-79, An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Section 2.88.055 of the Pierce County Code, “Property Eligible for Special Tax Valuation”…

Spuds growing wild? – Might be left from the Hudson Bay Farms

If you bought a piece of property in south Pierce County you could be surprised to find potatoes growing wild.  They have been found around Victoria Canada and Neah Bay as well. Currently, researchers of the Hudson Bay Company farm sites have been trying to determine the varities of potatoes that were grown by the company on the 1833-1869…

Open letter to supporters of Fort Nisqually

Hello All, I am writing to let you in on some of the goings on directly affecting Fort Nisqually.  This past week, Peggy Barchi, our volunteer/event coordinator turned in her resignation, it is effective Dec. 14th.  Her reasons are many, but the highlights are: in 2011 Metro Parks said her position was going to be…