Tacoma was founded in 1864, incorporated in 1872, moved four miles to present location in 1880, and reincorporated in 1884.
Washington's third largest city and seat of Pierce County. Gateway to Mount Rainier National Park (natives called it Tahoma) and a very busy seaport, Tacoma refers to itself as "The City of Destiny." Strategically it is key to the US military with Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base nearby. Tacoma is renewing itself like many cities and has restored much of its central district, added world class museums, urban housing, and a light rail system. Today, citizens are justifiably proud of their "All-America City." Pierce County is the second most populous county in Washington State.