Archive for April 2019

WA’s Youngest State Senator

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. Annnnd…. it’s open, wHoOp! Of course we’re talking about the Elks Temple! — congratulations to the hundreds of people who put so much effort into making this magical, over-the-top spot a reality. Here’s another story that we unearthed in Tacoma, this one about Senator Larry Faulk, a…

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DeLorean Snow (a.k.a. Joe Cowan)

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. The Elks built their grand downtown Tacoma building in 1915-16. After fifty years, the organization decided to move across Commencement Bay to the suburbs in a brand-new, modernized building. The lovely old Elks building on Broadway then sat empty for six years until 1971. And then, for…

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Riding the Goat

Hi everyone — greetings from the History Dept. Check out this cool new piece by artist Lillian Ripley, then read about its super-weird yet fun connection to the Elks and how they turned a strange rumor into a tongue-in-cheek legend. ****** The artist of this piece found inspiration in a 1920s-era postcard bearing the mysterious…

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Can You Guess Which Spot?

Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images. Property #1 Spar Café (Olympia, WA) – Want to try a beer made with 3,330-year-old artesian well water (give or take 50 years)? The beer is brewed using water from the artesian well bubbling up in the basement. Property #2 Olympic…

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