Scenes from Early Tacoma
This painting (by local artist, Bob Henry) gives us a glimpse of what life was like in Tacoma in the 1890s (over 100 years ago). You can see the important industries of lumber mills, shipping, ship building, fishing, and the railroad. There are also stores and shops in the growing city.
You may have noticed that this mural is peeling and fading from exposure to the weather. Artwork like this mural is created with the full understanding that it will fade over time. You are a witness of its existence and of the story it tells. Years from now, it may be completely gone.