Stop 03: Original Cabin Marker

Stop 03: Original Cabin Marker

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."

What do you think?

What would make this spot a good place to build a house?

What do you hear?

Imagine standing on this spot when Job Carr first arrived to build his cabin. What sounds would he be likely to hear? How are they different than the sounds you might hear today?

Location

North 31st and Carr Streets
Tacoma
WA 98403
USA

What Happened to Job Carr's Cabin?

And why is Tacoma's City Center not in Old Town?

Job thought that the railroad being built across America from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound would end in his "Tacoma City", bringing jobs and businesses. He was almost right! The railroad ended a few miles away (where Downtown Tacoma is now). Where the train ended, "New Tacoma" was born.

With business growing in Old Town and crowding in on Job's original cabin, it was moved to Point Defiance in 1900. This was thought to be a way to preserve the old log structure. Unfortunately, it deteriorated and had to be torn down in 1988. In the year 2000, a replica of the cabin was built in Old Town Park to house the Job Carr Cabin Museum.

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Next Stop: Mural

Walk back up the hill on Carr Street (on the same side of the street as the cabin marker). Just before you get to North 30th, look for the mural painted on the side of the building.