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Elks Temple tells the story of Tacoma’s past and future
TACOMA, Wash. -- In 1916, with America on the verge of entering the great war, the nation banded together. Fraternal organizations like the Elks Club were booming. And so was Tacoma. “A time when Tacoma was truly the city of destiny,” notes former Tacoma mayor and historian Bill Baarsma. Literally steps from City Hall, a gleaming, grand Elks Lodge opened for the first time. Flanked by the Spanish Steps -- inspired by the original in Rome -- it was a symbol of Tacoma’s growing prosperity.