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Strangers to the Pacific Northwest might first question the name. Originally named Scht'leqwem by Native Americans, it was transformed to 'Steilacoom' by early white settlers. The area was highly regarded by Native Americans with plenty of food and other needed materials to create a comfortable life. This fact was not missed by early settlers and Steilacoom became Washington Territory's first incorporated town in 1854. The comfortable, and leisurely, lifestyle continues despite Steilacooms proximity to the big city (Tacoma). Steilacoom's residents enjoy being close to Puget Sound and Mother Nature with many choosing to maintain 'in-town' gardens. (Scarecrows are optional.)

Steilacoom garden with scarecrow

The proximity to the water is one of Steilacoom's main attractions. Resting on a West facing slope and looking out over Puget Sound, many homes enjoy views of the sound and the Olympic Mountains when the weather is not too drippy. Steilacoom also serves as home for the public ferry that serves the residents of Anderson Island. And for those inclined, a couple city parks with beaches are just a short walk away. Salter's Point Beach offers a little something for everyone. Beautiful views for mom and dad and plenty of rocks to skip into the bay for the kids.

Steilacoom to Anderson Island ferry

With such an early start, compared to most of the towns and cities in Puget Sound, Steilacoom is bound to have some history. This history includes the first post office established in the Washington Territory. In 1974 Steilacoom was recognized as a National Historic District with 32 buildings and sites on the National Registry of Historic Places. But residents are still part of our modern world. Old has been preserved to coexist with the new.

Steilacoom Wagon Shop store front