Job Carr's Building Site
Walking downhill on Carr Street (towards the water), you will pass a parking lot on the right. Then you will see a brick platform with a stone monument on it (just before the railroad tracks).
The stone monument indicates the location of Job Carr's original cabin, which was used as Tacoma's first post office and polling place. When Job arrived in this area he saw a protected bay surrounded by large trees that could be used to build ships and buildings. Because he was a Civil War Veteran, he was entitled to 168 acres in the West. He thought Commencement Bay would be a perfect place to start a city, but it was hard to see potential building sites while standing on the forested hills.
Job tells us, "On Christmas day of 1864 in company with Mr. Billings … and three or four others, I went over to Gig Harbor fishing[.] Mr. Billings telling me there were several nice places along the shore of the Bay, as we went along in our canoe, when we came opposite where Tacoma now stands, I raised on my feet and exclaimed 'Eureka, Eureka!' and told my companions there was my claim."