Books about Tacoma

In no particular order:

History about Tacoma

  • Bridging the Tacoma Narrows by John V. Robinson (2007)
  • Downtown Tacoma (Images of America) by Caroline Denyer Gallacci and Ron Karabaich (2009)
  • Old Tacoma (Images of America) by Caroline Gallacci, and Tacoma Historical Society (2006)
  • Tacoma's Parks (WA) (Images of America) by Melissa McGinnis, Doreen Beard-Simpkins, and Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma (2007)
  • Historic Photos of Tacoma by Nick Peters (2007)
  • Old Tacoma (Images of America) by Caroline Gallacci and Tacoma Historical Society (2006)
  • South on the Sound: An Illustrated History of Tacoma and Pierce County by Murray Cromwell Morgan, and Rosa Morgan (1984)
  • The Tacoma Name in History by Ancestry.com (2007)
  • Tacoma's Wright Park (Images of America) by Melissa McGinnis, Doreen Beard-Simpkins, and Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma (2008)
  • Tacoma: A Pictorial History by Harry Martin (1982)
  • Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound (Columbia Northwest Classics) by Murray Morgan (2003)
  • For the Record: A History of the Tacoma Public Schools, 1869-1984 by Winnifred L. Olsen (1985)
  • Tacoma's Waterfront (Images of America) by Caroline Gallacci, and Rob Karabaich (2006)
  • The Mill on the Boot: The Story of the St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Co. by Murray Cromwell Morgan (1982)
  • The City of Destiny and the South Sound: An Illustrated History of Tacoma and Pierce County by Caroline Denyer Gallacci (2001)
  • Rails to Paradise: The History of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad 1890-1919 by Russell M Holter, and Jesse Clark McAbee (2005)
  • Catastrophe to Triumph: Bridges of the Tacoma Narrows by Richard S. Hobbs (2006)
  • In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest for Aerodynamic Stability by Richard Scott (2001)
  • Tacoma's Salmon Beach (Images of America) by Roger Cushman Edwards (2006)
  • South Tacoma (WA) (Images of America) by Darlyne Reiter (2007)
  • Tacoma's Proctor District (Images of America: Washington) by Caroline Gallacci, and Bill Evans (2008)
  • Downtown Tacoma (Images of America) by Caroline Denyer Gallacci, and Ron Karabaich (2009)
  • Northwest Treasure: A Photographic Portrait of Tacoma-Pierce County by Rob Levin (2006)
  • It Came to Pass: A History of Christ Church Parish, Tacoma, Washington by Jessie Drummond Bronson (1964)
  • The History of the Tacoma Little Theatre by Erna Spannagel Tilley (1965)
  • The Tacoma Public Utilities. The First 100 Years: 1893 - 1993. The History of Tacoma City Water and the Belt Line Railway. The History of Tacoma City Light by John S. & Dick Malloy Ott (1993)
  • To Tacoma by Trolley: The Puget Sound Electric Railway by Warren W. Wing, and Mike Pearsall (1996)
  • The Story of the Tacoma Municipal Belt Line Railway: Proudly Serving Tacoma Since 1914 by John S. Ott (1996)
  • Tacoma Illustrated; Published under the auspices of the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce. A careful compilation of the resources, terminal advantages, institutions, ... industries of the "City of destiny." by Tacoma Chamber of Commerce (2010)
  • Tacoma, the City with a Snow-capped Mountain in its Dooryard by Tacoma Commercial Club and Chamber of Commerce (2010)
  • Tacoma Beginnings: The First One Hundred Years by Winnifred L Olsen (1969)
  • History of Tacoma Eastern Area, Two Volumes by Pearl Engel and Jeanette Hlavin (1954)
  • A House of Mercy: A History of Tacoma General Hospital, The Fannie C. Paddock Memorial by Mildred Bates (1977)
  • An Airport for Tacoma by Patrick M Steele (1992)
  • Tacoma, Northwest Black Pioneers: A Centennial Tribute by Ralph Hayes (1989)
  • Tacoma, Its History and Its Builders (Volume 1): A Half Century of Activity by Herbert Hunt (2010)
  • Furusato: Tacoma-Pierce County Japanese, 1888-1977 by Ronald Magden (1978)
  • Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound by Murray Morgan (2003)
  • Tacoma: A Pictorial History by Harry Martin and Caroline Kellogg (1981)
  • Tacoma's Stadium District (Images of America Series) by Joy Keniston-longrie, Kelsey Longrie, and Amberose Longrie (2010)
  • Tacoma & Pierce County: Window to Northwest Grandeur by JoAnn Mills Marshall (2000)
  • Foss Maritime Company (Images of America) by Mike Stork (2007)
  • The Harvest Is Great but the Laborers Are Few: A History of Black Churches of Christ in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington (1994)
  • Tacoma Sketchbook: Celebrating Tacoma's Revival Through Art by Karin J. Morris  (2003)

Sports and activities around Tacoma

  • Best Easy Day Hikes Tacoma (Best Easy Day Hikes Series) by Allen Cox (2010)
  • Six Seasons: A History of the Tacoma Giants, 1960-1965 by Jacob Jordan (1996)
  • Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area: A Guide to the Best Off-Road Rides in Greater Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett by Santo Criscuolon (2003)
  • The Tacoma Country & Golf Club, 1894-1994: Centennial by Shirlee H. Smith (1993)
  • Playgrounds To The Pros: An Illustrated History Of Sports In Tacoma-Pierce County by Caroline Denyer Gallacci, Marc H. Blau, and Doug McArthur (2005)

Other non-fiction about Tacoma

  • Head Shot by Burl Barer (2001)
  • In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest for Aerodynamic Stability by Richard Scott (2001)
  • Is It "Mt. Tacoma" Or "Rainier": What Do History and Tradition Say? by James Wickersham and Tacoma Academy Of Science (2010)
  • McCarver and Tacoma by Thomas Wickham Prosch (1979)
  • Proceedings of the Tacoma Academy of Science by James Wickersham and Tacoma Academy of Science (2009)
  • 70 Years of Service: The History of Rotary Club No. 8, Tacoma, Washington by Ned /Rotary President '80 -'81 Shera (1982)
  • Tacoma Confidential: A True Story of Murder, Suicide, and a Police Chief's Secret Life by Paul LaRosa (2006)
  • Tacoma: Tomorrow's City... Today (Urban Tapestry Series) by Denny Macgougan, and Patricia Collinge (1996)
  • Tall Ships on Puget Sound (Images of America) by Chuck Fowler, and Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (2007)
  • The Working Waterfront: The Story of Tacoma's Ships and Men by Ronald E. Magden, and A. D. Martinson (1982)

Fiction set in Tacoma

  • Defiant Desire by Kaye Wilson Klem (1977)
  • Dying For A Blue Plate Special by Beth Kalikoff (2005)
  • Freak City by Saje Willians (2006)
  • The King of Methlehem by Mark Lindquist (2008)
  • Loki's Sin by Saje Williams (1994)
  • Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (2011)

Please let us know of other books about Tacoma.