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Tacoma General and the City of Tacoma:
A Shared Legacy

1880
Tacoma population = 1,000.

1882
Fannie C. Paddock Memorial Hospital opens on North Starr Street in “Old Town.”

1888
Northern Pacific finishes construction of its transcontinental railroad line to Tacoma with the completion of the Stampede Pass tunnel.

1889
A new Fannie C. Paddock Memorial Hospital, on South J Street, replaces the original.

Author Rudyard Kipling visits Tacoma and writes, “Tacoma was literally staggering under a boom of the boomiest.”

Washington gains statehood.

1890
Tacoma population = 36,000.

1895
A School of Nursing, the first in Washington State, is established at Fannie C. Paddock Memorial Hospital.

1900
Only five years after the discovery of the phenomenon known as X-rays, the hospital spends $600 to acquire an X-ray machine.

The Weyerhaeuser Timber Company is established in Tacoma.

1903
The Carnegie Library, today’s Tacoma Public Library, opens on Tacoma Avenue.

1906
Stadium High School opens.

1910
Tacoma population = 83,700.


1912
The name Fannie C. Paddock Memorial Hospital changes to Tacoma General Hospital.

Brown & Haley, creators of the confection Almond Roca, opens for business.

1915
Tacoma General Hospital completes construction of a modern hospital on South K Street (now Martin Luther King Jr Way).

1917
U.S. Army establishes Camp Lewis.

1918
Port of Tacoma is established.

1920
Tacoma population = 97,000.

1926
Tacoma General Hospital opens a new five-story wing.

1929
Tacoma General Hospital opens the Bridge Clinic, named for Dr. Albert Bridge, specializing in pediatric care.


1940
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge is completed — and collapses four months later.

The Army Air Corps establishes McChord Field.

1947
Construction is completed on a home for student nurses (later named Jackson Hall) on the Tacoma General Hospital campus.

1950
Tacoma population = 143,700.

The second Tacoma Narrows bridge is completed.

1955
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital opens. It is named after the mother of Dr. Albert Bridge, whose estate provided more than $500,000 for the hospital’s construction.

1960
The first segment of I-5 in Washington State opens in Tacoma.

1964
Tacoma General finishes its first major expansion in 40 years.

1965
Tacoma Mall opens.

1976
Tacoma General Hospital’s 100,000th baby, Karen Kristine Miller, is born.

1977
Construction is completed on the new six-story Tacoma General Hospital Patient Care Pavilion (today known as the Rainier Pavilion).

1980
Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center, and Doctors Hospital join forces as Consolidated Hospitals.

Tacoma General Hospital initiates computerized hospital records.

Tacoma General School of Nursing, established in 1895, closes.

1982
Tacoma General celebrates its 100th birthday.

1983
Consolidated Hospitals becomes MultiCare Medical Center. Five years later the name is changed to MultiCare Health System.

The Tacoma Dome opens.

1984
K Wing, today the Olympic Pavilion, opens at Tacoma General Hospital.

1987
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital expands into K Wing at Tacoma General Hospital. Mary Bridge’s emergency room treats nearly 20,000 children, the highest-volume pediatric emergency department in Washington.

1990
Tacoma population = 176,700.

UW-Tacoma opens.

1994
The four-story L Wing, today called the Philip Pavilion, opens.

1996
The Washington State History Museum opens.

2000
Level II Tacoma Trauma Center opens (a joint venture of Tacoma General and St. Joseph Hospital).

2004
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center opens.

2005
Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center opens.

2006
Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup affiliates with MultiCare Health System.

2007
Tacoma General marks its 125th year of providing medical care for the community.

A new Tacoma Narrows Bridge opens alongside the 1950 span.

2008
Tacoma General opens the Tacoma General Heart Hospital, clustering all cardiac and vascular services in one location. The new unit, providing patients with better-connected care, is located in the Philip Pavilion (formerly L Wing), now eight stories tall after a recent addition.

2010
Tacoma population = 198,400.

Construction is completed on the Milgard Pavilion, consisting of new emergency departments and the Regional Cancer Center.