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Jerry Meeker Memorial

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Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Le Lou WA Pl. N.E. at East Side Dr. N.E.
Tacoma, WA 98422

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This small park is of historical interest within the Browns Point community. It features a small totem pole and a painted interpretive map of the Browns Point area.

About the Jerry Meeker
Jerry Meeker was one of the most instrumental people in the development of the Browns Point/Dash Point area. Jerry was born in 1862 in Fern Hill. His father, Sky-uch, was a member of the Puyallup tribe who had taken the last name ‘Meeker’ from his employer, Ezra Meeker. Jerry worked in Ezra Meeker’s hops fields as a boy. His Indian name was La-Hal-Da but he adopted the anglicized name of Jerry from one of his best friends.

Jerry attended the Cushman Indian School on the Puyallup Reservation. He married in 1883 and settled on a farm on the reservation. Dash Point and Browns Point were a part of the original Puyallup Reservation.

In 1904 Jerry joined a real estate partnership group call the Bethel Investment Company. They acquired much of Browns Point and platted the Hyada Park development. Meeker gave the streets Native American names, including La-Hal-Da, his own native name.

Even though he was well-known in the community as a businessman, realtor, promotor and leader, he may well have been best known for his salmon and clam bakes. His ‘end of summer season’ salmon and clam bakes started out as small gatherings of family and friends but quickly grew to become regional events that drew thousands of people, including dignitaries, to the area. Jerry’s tradition continues to this day with the Salmon Bakes sponsored by the Browns Point Improvement Club every other year.

Jerry Meeker died in 1955 at the age of 93. Meeker Memorial Park and Meeker Middle School were named in his memory.