Northeast Tacoma: Two Points of View


The exhibit features the early development of Northeast Tacoma, including Browns Point and Dash Point, lighthouse keepers Oscar and Annie Brown, and Native American real estate developer Jerry Meeker. The exhibit includes photos and items from Northeast Tacoma’s pioneer Dash Point School and is curated by Mavis Stears and the Museum Committee of Points Northeast Historical Society.

Did You Know?
Browns Point (no apostrophe) was officially renamed in 1901, replacing Charles Wilkes’ 1841 designation as Point Harris. Although the area was known as Point Brown throughout the 1880s and 1890s, it was entirely coincidental that the first light keeper bore the moniker of Oscar Brown. The original fog bell is now on the grounds of the University of Puget Sound.

Native American real estate developer Jerry Meeker, often called the “Father of Browns Point,” began life as La-Hal-Da. His father, Sky-uch, a member of the Puyallup tribe, took the last name Meeker from his employer, Ezra Meeker. Jerry adopted his anglicized first name from one of his best friends, but gave Native American names to many of Northeast Tacoma’s streets, including his own.

  • Thursday, Mar. 16 - Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017
  • Location: 919 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma Historical Society, WA
  • Phone: (253) 472-3738
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
Northeast Tacoma: Two Points of View
  • March 16, 2017 to June 4, 2017
  • Tacoma Historical Society
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday