My 2nd day this week in the South Sound... I'm here for meetings in Tacoma and Fife with my friend and coworker Cathi Mahan. Our first meeting was up on 6th Avenue at the top of the hill near the Narrows Bridge. You know me, not one to miss a photo opp, let's take a quick spin down the hill to Titlow Park on Puget Sound so I can take a few photos.
The park is named after Aaron R. Titlow who came to Tacoma in 1888. He was just out of law school and decided his opportunities might be greater out west in the Washington Territory instead of setting up practice in his home State of Ohio. His timing couldn't have been better, Washington became a state the next year on November 11, 1889 and life was booming in the City of Tacoma.
Titlow ran a successful law practice, got elected Prosecuting Attorney (1897-98), ran several successful businesses and loved real estate. Within in a few short years he owned around 300 town lots, several other large parcels and 3 farms in Pierce County.
Needless to say, Titlow did very well with his real estate holdings and in 1903 he purchased 30 acres of the Wilton land claim on Puget Sound in Tacoma's west end. Titlow died in 1923 and the land was purchased by the Metro Parks of Tacoma in 1926.
We didn't stay long, but I did have a few minutes to take several photos. These 3 were my favorites.
That's the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the background. This is just a stone's throw from an earlier post I did back in February about Boathouse 19. Even on a rainy day, it's beautiful place.
A little more about Titlow Park...