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…

Clover Creek Elementary dedication Nov. 8

A special ceremony marking the completion of the Clover Creek Elementary will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The district spent about $19 million dollars to build the replacement school. Renovations include a new, two-story design, courtyard, technology lab, high-tech equipment, enhanced playfields and additional parking space. The…

Descendants of Fort Nisqually employees live here

 These furry little tree chewing creatures had a lot to do with the settlement of western Washington. In the days when our home was called Oregon Territory until 1853, when it became Washington Territory, this area was part of Lewis County, OT (Oregon Territory). When Washington Territory was formed in 1853, our area became Pierce…

Elk Plain, a.k.a. Loveland

Elk Plain was once all a great prairie. It got its name from herds of Elk that grazed there. The natives who lived in the area kept the land open for grazing by regularly burning the grass at the proper time to destroy trees and shrubs. Because of the excellent grasses, it was used by…

In search of a Wapato in Spanaway

I was recently in the Northwest room of the Tacoma Public Library, looking for information about Spanaway Park. The librarian found this rare book about the period when the lake was a water source for the City of Tacoma. Without going into detail, use of the lake for water only lasted from 1899 to 1905….