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Tacoma Essential Info

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Tacoma in Washington, is the state's third largest city, with just over 200,000 residents.

Tacoma often gets a negative description that is similar to the one given to Oakland, California but, in the same way, this comes from those who have never lived in nor visited the city. While it has neither the tourist amenities of its neighbor Seattle to the north nor the suburban safety of Olympia to the south, one can certainly spend a few pleasant days in Tacoma and see the city's dynamic art scene (theater, galleries, museums, etc.) as well as its great ballet.

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  1. Bing Cosby, famous American actor and singer, was born in Tacoma.
  2. The Tacoma Dome is the largest wood-domed arena in the world, constructed with 1.6 million board feet.
  3. Irvine Robbins, co-founder of the Baskin-Robbins chain of ice cream stores, got his start in Tacoma in 1927, selling ice cream and cottage cheese produced from his father's cows' surplus milk.
  4. The famous Steinway pianos are made with Northwest spruce supplied by Tacoma lumber company Fred Tebb & Sons since the 1920s.
  5. Almond Roca, a Northwest favorite since 1912 is still headquartered in Tacoma today.

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