A press release from Tacoma Historical Society.
Please join us for our September 13 (7 pm) virtual meeting, when our featured speaker will be Karla Stover, author of the recent book, Wicked Tacoma. The program will stream on our Facebook page and our YouTube Channel.
Tacoma, the city where the rails meet the sails, has always been a place of innovation and rule-breakers. When the railroad came in the nineteenth century, business boomed, along with smuggling, bootlegging and prostitution. Men such as Peter Sandberg walked the line between criminal and respectable. Police in the growing town had their hands full not just with human criminals, but with stray cows, ducks and the occasional bear. Rumor has it that in the 1920s, gangsters Lucky Luciano and Frank Nitti were sent to cool their heels in the port city and may have been behind a smoke bomb attack on a movie theater. Join author Karla Stover as she delves into the wild and colorful past of the City of Destiny.
With thanks to Tacoma Creates for support of our public programs.