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A Tacoma Lexicon

Updated: Jan 28

Some gathered words that can be used by poets and writers to begin to describe Tacoma. Voices of Tacoma: A Gathering of Poets

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5 Mile Drive

6th Ave

7 Seas

Alberta Canada

Alfred’s Cafe

Almond Roca

Anderson Island

Annie Wright

Anthem Coffee

Antique Row

Aroma

ASARCO

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Aspen

Banana Slug

Beer

Berliner Beerhall

Bigleaf Maple

Blair Waterway

Blue Cactus Press

Blue Heron

Blue Mouse Theater

BNSF

Bob's Java Jive

Broadway Center for Performing Arts

Brown & Haley Factory Store

Browns Point Lighthouse

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Burger Ranch

Canada Goose

Camp Murray

Campfire Coffee

Cape Intrepid

Cape Island

Carnegie Library

Central Tacoma

Chambers Bay

Chambers Creek

Charlotte's Blueberry Park

Cheney Stadium

Chihuly

China Lake

Chinese Expulsion

Chinese Reconciliation Park

Cider

City of Destiny

Cliff House

Coffee

Commencement Bay

Connie's Donuts & Espresso

Corina Bakery

Cosmonaut Coffee Co.

Coyote

Coxswain Press

Creative Colloquy

Crepe Myrtle

Crow

Cushman Power

Dash Point

Dickman Mill

Dirty Oscar's Annex

Division

Dock Street

Dockside Donuts

Dorky’s Arcade

Douglas Fir

Downtown Tacoma

Doyle's Public House

Dune Peninsula

E 34th St Bridge

E9 Firehouse

Earnest S. Brazill Street

East Side Community Center

Eastern Gulch

Eastside

Edison City

Elf Storage

Engine House

Evergreen State College

Eyes of the Totem

Fallen Riders Outdoor Memorial

Fern Hill

Fern Hill Library

Ferry terminal

Fiddlehead Fern

Fircrest

Fireboat No. 1

Fog

Fog Horn

Fort Lewis

Fort Nisqually

Fort Steilacoom

Foss Landing

Foss Maritime

Foss Waterway Seaport

Fox Island

Freighthouse Square

Frisko Freeze

Fuzhou Ting

Gallagher’s Gulch

Galloping Gertie

Garfield Gulch

Gari of Sushi

Garry Oak

Gig Harbor

Glass Bridge

Glass Floats

Grand Fir

Greek Festival

Grit City

Harbor Lights

Harbor Seal

Harmon

Harmon Building

Heidelberg Brewing

Hilltop

Hilltop A Go-Go

Hilltop Artists

Hob Nob

Holy Rosary

Hong Kong Supermarket

Honk! Fest

Hosmer

Hotel Murano

Hotshop

House Finch

House Sparrow

Hylebos Creek

Incense Cedar

Jack Hyde Park

Japanese Garden

Jawless Jerry

Joint Base Lewis McCord

Jefferson Park

Job Carr Cabin

Johnny’s Dock

Johnny’s Fine Food

Johnson Candy

Jubilee Burger

Kalakala

Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Katie Downs

Kayak

Ketron Island

King's Books

Klallam

Knapp's

Kobetich Library

Kraken

LeMay - America’s Car Museum

Lincoln High School

Lincoln International District

Lincoln Pharmacy

Los Tamales

Lowell

Lummi

Lushootseed

Lux Coffee

Mallard Duck

Mad Hat Tea Co.

Madrona

Malahat

Manitou

Manny Ellis

Maple

Martin Luther King Jr. Way

McCarver

McKinley Hill

McMenamin's Elks Temple

McNeil Island

Merlino Art Center

Mi Centro

Monkey Shine

Moore Library

Mottet Library

MSM Deli

Mt. Tahoma

Murray Morgan Bridge

Museum of Glass

Nalley Valley

Narrows Bridge

New Tacoma

Nisqually Power Station

Nooksack

Normanna Hall

Norpoint

North End

North Slope

Northeast Tacoma

Northern Fish

Northern Pacific Railroad

Norway Maple

Northwest Detention Center

Oakland

Old City Hall

Old Town

Olympus Hotel

Orca

Over the Moon Cafe

Owen Beach

Pacific Avenue

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Madrone

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Rhododendron

Pantages Theater

Paper Birch

Paper mill

Parable

Pearl Street

People's Center

People's Park

Pho King

Pilings

Point Defiance

Point Defiance Lodge

Ponderosa Pine

Port of Tacoma

Portland Ave Nursery

Portland Ave.

Prairie Line

Puget Creek

Puget Park

Puget Sound

Puyallup

Puyallup Ave

Puyallup River

Pythian Temple

Rainiers

Raccoons

Red Elm Cafe

Redlining Map

Red Maple

Rescue Mission

Rhododendron

Rialto Theater

Rose Garden

Rosewood Cafe

Ruston

Ruston Way

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Salish Sea

Salishan

Salmon Beach

Sanford & Sons

Schuster Parkway

Seagull

Seal

Sequoia

Shake Shake Shake

Shiloh Baptist Church

Silverleaf Maple

Sitka Spruce

Skagit

Skyline

Slavonian Hall

SOTA

South End

South Tacoma

South Tacoma Library

South Tacoma Way

Southern Kitchen

Spanish Steps

Sprague Ave

Spring Hill

Springtide Press

Squamish

Squirrel

St. Helens Ave

St. Joe's

Stadium Bowl

Stadium District

Stadium High School

Stanley & Seaforts

STAR Center

Starr St.

Steilacoom

Stellar Jay

Stewart

Stewart Heights

Swan Creek

Swasey Library

Sword Fern

T-Town

Tacoma Armory

Tacoma Aroma

Tacoma Arts Museum

Tacoma Buddhist Church

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma Dome

Tacoma Little Theater

Tacoma Main Library

Tacoma Screw

Tacoma Tree Foundation

Tahoma

Tahlequah

təˡqʷuʔbəʔ

Temple Theater

Ten of Us

Ten Things I Hate About You

Terminus

The Fish Peddler

The Grand Cinema

The Mule Tavern

The Nearsighted Narwhal

The New Frontier Lounge

The Proctor

The Swiss

Thea Foss Waterway

Theater District

Theater on the Square

Tideflats

Tinkertopia LLC

Titlow Beach

Titlow Park

Top of Tacoma

Tote Maritime

Totem Pole

Trestle

Trolley

Tulalip

U Betcha Pub

Union Depot

Union Station Courthouse

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington Tacoma

University Place

V-T Radio Universal

Valhalla Coffee Co

Vashon Island

Vassault Park

Viet Dong

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Wapato Park

Washington State History Museum

Water Flume Line

Wayzgoose

Weekly Volcano

West End

Western Hemlock

Western Red Cedar

Weyerhaeuser Mansion

Wheelock Library

Winthrop Hotel

Wright Park

Write253

Yakima Ave.

Yakima Hill

You'll Like Tacoma

Yoshino Cherry Tree

Zoolights



 

For guidance on how to craft a lexicon for your own writing, check out The Writer’s Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long.




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