Love Your City

Patch blogger Patricia Mannie shares the story of Allen C. Mason, a Tacoma pioneer who loved his city and whose love could translate to University Place.

One of Tacoma’s early day promoters is Allen C. Mason.

Mason Middle School, Mason Methodist Church, and Mason Street are all named after this early entrepreneur who loved the City of Tacoma and wanted to share his passion for our beautiful city with others.

During the late 1800’s, Mason was such a strong promoter of Tacoma he spent thousands of his own dollars each month advertising in newspapers across America attracting people and businesses to our great city. This type of advertising lead to new businesses opening in Tacoma, a growth in the population and the creation of clever marketing!

Can you imagine what Tacoma would be like today if we had a similar promoter who loved Tacoma and gave generously of their own money to promote it? Imagine the economic growth, the new business, the restored buildings we could have. Is not this the same idea Mr. Mason had for a city he loved?

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Brent Champaco February 24, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I can vouch for Patty. She is one of the most-involved people in our community. I think it's also great how she can bring both a Tacoma perspective, as well as one from University Place.
Howard and Barbara Lee February 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
To Beckonridge Park: If you want UP history, and there is lots of it, please join us at the UP Historical Society meetings held the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the library. There are a lot of old pictures of homes and buildings just waiting for you....
Dr. Curt Oland February 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I agree with Brent. Patty does a ton of stuff for the city of UP. Ironically she has made me aware of more things for business in UP than the "economic developer" employee. She is a constant cheerleader for UP. Not only for business but for Parks and recs.
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. February 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Dr. Curt Oland, Howard and Barbara Lee and Brent. Your support means so very much to me!
Howard and Barbara Lee February 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Dr. Oland is right on the mark! Patty works as a volunteer promoting University Place as a city in which to live and conduct business. Any success our city has in enticing businesses to locate in UP, as well as retaining businesses already thriving here, can be attributed to Patty's efforts. Thank you Patty!


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