A day in Steilacoom - Washington State's first city

Monday, February 27, 2017 3:00 PM by Matt Wakefield

Incorporated in 1854, Steilacoom is Washington State's oldest city, and they're not shy about talking about it.
Steilacoom Was First sign in Steilacoom, Washington
 
With just over 6,000 residents, it's a sleepy little town on the Puget Sound waterfront. They go to great lengths to stay true to their history.
Wagon Shop in Steilacoom, Washington
 
You can enjoy some of that history as you grab your morning coffee at the Bair Bistro.
Bair's Drug and Hardware in Steilacoom, Washington
 
And even inside the bistro, you won't escape the history lesson.
Bair Drug and Hardware building in Steilacoom, Washington
 
But that keeps the town a hidden gem in the South Puget Sound.
Steilacoom street view in Steilacoom, Washington
 
Even though they have some of the best views from almost every corner of town
Steilacoom, Washington
 
With this much history in such a small place, you're going to want to visit a historical museum
Steilacoom Historical Museum
 
Or two.
Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center
 
Then it's time to see the history in person on a little through the historical district. If the historical buildings don't make an impression
Steilacoom, Washington
 
(and they should)
E.G. Rogers Mansion in Steilacoom, Washington
 
(they really, really should)
Old house in Steilacoom, Washington
 
Then maybe a walk along the waterfront and through the parks will do the trick.
Pioneer Orchard Park in Steilacoom, Washington
 
And if not, maybe you should check out Anderson Island. It's only a fast ferry ride from Steilacoom.
Steilacoom Ferry
 
Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma + Pierce County's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.