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History of Old Town Park

Job Carr Cabin Museum
2305 N. 30th Street
Tacoma, WA

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(253) 627-5405.

Job Carr is one of the most noted of Old Town Tacoma's founding fathers. He came to the Puget Sound in 1864 as a Civil War Veteran, seeking the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1865, while living in a lean-to made of cedar bark planks attached to a large log, he built the log cabin that became his home. By 1869, the cabin became the first Post Office and Job Carr was named the first Postmaster. The first election was held at the cabin, and Job was elected to the first city council, becoming the first mayor of the new city.

Job Carr Cabin was relocated to Point Defiance ParkPart of the original cedar-log cabin was moved west to Point Defiance Park in 1900. That cabin was demolished in 1916 and rebuilt in 1917. The reproduction deteriorated over time and was finally dismantled in 1980. In 2000, the Job Carr Cabin Museum, a replica of Carr's original cabin, was built in a small park at the foot of North 30th Street. The museum uses family diaries and period interiors to trace Carr family history as it relates to Tacoma's early days as a white settlement built around fishing, logging and rail transport.

When in Old Town, be sure to look down. Commemorative plaques embedded in the sidewalks along North 30th Street describe the achievements of notable Tacoma women, including tug-boat company founder Thea Foss, who happened to be afraid of the water. The museum and local business have copies of a walking-tour map with the addresses and original photos of local historic sites as well as mini-profiles of all the women who have sidewalk markers.

The museum arranges tours by appointment (Monday through Saturday) for schools, home schools, youth and adult groups and others. Visit the Job Carr Cabin Museum web site to learn more about programs, membership, and general information.