Who was this Herbert Hunt, whose
name has become a synonym for
"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.