Reenacting Pacific Northwest Pioneer Fantasy in Tacoma, Washington
In 1864, a Civil War veteran who had journeyed out to the horizon of the early-American dream laid eyes on Tacoma from his canoe and shouted, “Eureka, Eureka!” Job Carr knew from that moment that he would lay the foundation of his home there and develop the land into a vibrant city, which he envisioned as the terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In fact, Job Carr had been searching the coast in order to logically prophecy the railroad’s end. The visionary’s foresight ended up being not quite 20/20 (the railroad ended in what is now downtown Tacoma’s Union Station), but nonetheless a city grew up around his little cabin, and he went on to become postmaster and mayor. His reconstructed home now welcomes visitors, where a talking Job Carr doll tells his story amidst period artifacts. The tiny museum-house has a trunk full of children’s games and is especially suitable for families with young ones.