Over 150 Attend Tacoma Smelter History Exhibit Grand Opening
Last Thursday, over 150 people attended the Grand Opening of the Tacoma Smelter History Exhibit located at Point Ruston.
Presented by Point Ruston, the Tacoma Historical Society, and the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business District, the event offered an exclusive first look at a cultivated selection of Tacoma Smelter artifacts, historic photos, newspaper articles, and popular stack implosion simulator.
Tacoma Smelter Stack Implosion Video
The former Asarco Stack was 571 feet before earthquake damage and after necessary repairs, the stack stood 562 feet tall overlooking the Puget Sound. The stack implosion occurred on January 17, 1993.
In addition to a large selection of historic relics, the walls of the exhibit feature a mutli-panel timeline illustrating the early years of the smelter, highlighting the facility’s production, operations, and the new era that Point Ruston has brought to this historical site.
The evening culminated with welcome remarks from Point Ruston’s Manging Partner Mike Cohen and presentations from Former Mayor and Tacoma Historical Society Board President Bill Baarsma, Michael Sullivan from Artifacts Consulting, Inc, and Point Ruston’s Loren Cohen. The subjects of their presentations were cumulatively: preserving the past, supporting the present, and inspiring the future.
Loren Cohen’s Presentation on the Future of Point Ruston
Special thanks to Jim Wingard, Karen Pickett, and Mayor Bill Baarsma for their contributions to the Tacoma Smelter History Exhibit and to Kelly Sweeney for her work cultivating and documenting the artifacts, photographs, and newspaper articles.
Enjoy the following photos from the Tacoma Smelter History Exhibit Grand Opening!
Folks Begin Arriving and Investigating the Historic Relics
The Exhibit Hallway is Filling Up Quickly!
Historic Relief Molds and Photos of ASARCO Operations
Stack Implosion Simulator
Watching the Stack Implosion Video
Enjoying the Multi-Panel Timeline Display
Newspaper Clippings from the Operating Days of ASARCO
Former Mayor Bill Baarsma Providing Anecdotal Information About Artifacts
Hallway Leading to the Lounge is Filled with Historic Photos
Massive Aerial Photograph Next to a Historic ASARCO Flag
Everyone is Ready for the Presentations!
Welcoming Remarks from Point Ruston’s Managing Partner Mike Cohen
Former Mayor and Tacoma Historical Society Board Chair Bill Baarsma
Presentation from Michael Sullivan of Artifacts Consulting, Inc.
Loren Cohen Presenting on the Future of Point Ruston
Thank you to Karen Pickett, Jim Wingard, Kelly Sweeney, and Bill Baarsma