Herbert Hunt

Author of

Tacoma, Its History and Its Builders; a Half Century of Activity

Wright Park, 1892

Tacoma, Washington

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Herbert Hunt, Author

The Tacoma Historical Society
has republished the account of
early-day Tacoma that has been
the admired and standard
reference work since 1916.

Tacoma, Its History and Its Builders;
a Half Century of Activity

Copies of the original are hard to find and expensive.

  • You will receive three volumes of engaging history and detailed biography, plus a fourth volume, an expanded and improved index.
  • The reprinting is on durable, high-quality paper with hard-cover binding. It includes all the original illustrations.
  • The price for all four volumes is $125.00 for members of the Tacoma Historical Society in good standing. For non-members, the price is $150.00.
  • For the index only, the price is $25.00 for members of the Tacoma Historical Society in good standing. For non-members, the price is $50.00.

You can purchase your set at Tacoma Historical Society’s museum at
919 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma.
or
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to place an order/

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Wright Park, Tacoma, WA, 1892

Who was this Herbert Hunt, whose
name has become a synonym for
Tacoma history?

"He had worked on newspapers in Indiana, Baltimore and other places before coming to Washington in 1905 as editor of The Everett Record. … That newspaper soon folded, and Hunt came here as city editor of The News. [He became editor in 1906.]

He was a scholar, a fast and tireless worker and was interested in nearly all lines of civic and cultural advancement. He died of cancer in [1918} at the early age of 48, but not before he had completed his History of Tacoma, a precise and invaluable record of events in the city from the beginning to 1916. "

Paul W. Harvey, Tacoma Headlines, 1962.

What historians have to say about
Herbert Hunt's Tacoma, Its History and Its Builders; a Half Century of Activity:

"Herbert Hunt's adventurous story of Tacoma as it grew from a sawmill village to a world city is the finest narrative written so far. Hunt also gives a vivid account of the upper strata of Tacoma society."

- Gary Fuller Reese, noted Northwest historian and retired manager of Special Collections and the Northwest Room for Tacoma Public Library.

"Anyone wanting to understand Tacoma today must start with Herbert Hunt's history. For almost a century historians have embraced his story of Tacoma's development and relied on his portrait of a city created through the endeavors of many individuals. Making this work available again to the public provides a new opportunity to enjoy Hunt's account of how this urban place came to be."

--Caroline Gallacci, Ph.D. Author, The City of Destiny and the South Sound,;
an Illustrated History of Tacoma and Pierce County.

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