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In the summer of 1927, Tacoma's historic Theater District was filled with an energetic spirit and a number of unique establishments, shops, and venues that locals loved to visit.


The iconic Pantages Theater, known for showing vaudeville variety shows at the time, can be seen on the left, along with Lou Johnson’s ladies clothing store and Lewis Brothers men’s clothing store.


Shops to the right include The Rhodes Brothers department store, the Kress & Co. dimestore, Pythian Temple, and the Colonial Theater where many exciting spectacles took place ranging from city marathons to dog sled races. 


During this time, the city’s very first automated traffic signal was installed, public street cars were used to get around, and many people were starting to purchase their own automobiles.

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