The Western Terminus

The Prairie Line Trail

Tacoma, WA

The Prairie Line Trail project converts one mile of the historic Prairie Line railroad corridor, through downtown Tacoma, into a signature public space integrating a multi-use trail, historic/cultural interpretation, public art, multimedia, and green features.

Video Tour

Take a quick video tour of the Prairie Line Trail before exploring the sites through out interactive map!

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The City of Tacoma was awarded a Washington State 2015-2017 Heritage Capital Projects Fund grant for the Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretative Project. This project funded the development of a historic interpretation plan for the City’s segments of the Prairie Line Trail corridor, as well as design and implemention of public art pieces identified and informed by the plan. The project area lies within the Union Station Conservation District and Union Depot/Warehouse Historic District, the Brewery District, and the Tacoma waterfront.

The Project Team includes City of Tacoma staff from Planning & Development Services and the Historic Preservation Office, as well as interpretive strategy and historic preservation consultants, Artifacts Consulting, Inc. and Northwest Vernacular.


This effort was guided by the Prairie Line Trail Interpretive Committee:

• Kristina Walker, Downtown on the Go

• Ben Mauk, Milt Tremblay, and Lisa Hoffman, University of Washington Tacoma

• Julie LaRue and Beth Bestrom, Tacoma Historical Society

• Bonnie Wright, Elizabeth Emerson, Susan Warner, and Debbie Lenk, Museum of Glass

• Brandon Reynon and Nicole Barandon, Puyallup Tribe of Indians

• Chuck Morrison, Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

• Molly Wilmoth and Dave Beals, Washington State History Museum

• Faaluaina Pritchard, Asia Pacific Cultural Center

• Fred Parkinson, Friends of the Prairie Line Trail

• Jean Fisher, Tacoma Public Library

• Tanya Andrews, Jennifer Kubista,Kelsey Robinson, and Kathleen Brown Tacoma Children’s Museum

• Mike Runion, 7 Seas Brewing

• Norm Gollub, Foss Waterway Development Authority 

• Samantha Kelly, Tacoma Art Museum

• Wes Wenhardt, Foss Waterway Seaport

Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation

• Diane Wiatr, Active Transporation Advocate

• Patrick Andrews, Railroad Interest