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William Ross Rust Statue

Now installed at

North 51st and Winnifred Streets in Ruston, the bust honors William Ross Rust (1850-1928), who built the Tacoma Smelter into the giant enterprise remembered today. The Town of Ruston and Ruston Way are named for him. Paul R. Michaels was the sculptor; the late Babe Lehrer, fundraising chair; and Tacoma Historical Society, fiscal sponsor.

Donors included MultiCare, Point Ruston LLC, Margaret “Peggy” Rust Sheard, Helen Rust Watts, Carol Rust Paulick, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Ruston/Point Defiance Business District. Wren & Willow, general contractor, built and donated the pedestal.

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