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Fircrest, Washington


Brief History:

The City of Tacoma in Western Washington was well known by the turn of the century as a rough and tumble port city where the railroads met and all manner of blue collar workers lived and thrived. In 1907 a group of California financiers purchased a small piece of land west of Tacoma with the intention of creating an upscale subdivision of that large city. They named their subdivision Regents Park and incorporated gracefully curving streets, curbs, sidewalks and a sewer system into its design. Hundreds of the original Fir trees that grow naturally in that area were left in place in parks, school yards and residences giving the area a lush, forested appearance. In 1925 the 306 residents of Regents Park voted to incorporate their small town and rename it The Town of Fircrest. Incorporation energized the community and gave it the financial stability and control that were needed to develop and repair the infrastructures and services. Over the years the town annexed other parcels of land which added to its land mass while also bringing new and important sources of tax revenue. By 1990, the town had grown in both population and dimensions and was given the name The City of Fircrest.


Historical Data:

Fircrest, Washington is located in the northwestern portion of Pierce County. This small city is bound on the North and the East by the larger city of Tacoma and on the South and West by the city of University Place. Because it is only a mile or two away from Puget Sound, it sits at an elevation of 276 feet. The landscape is dominated, as is most of Western Washington, by the imposing sight of Mount Rainer rising 14, 411 feet (4,352 m) above the Cascade mountain range. It is the tallest mountain of the lower 48 states. In all seasons of the year glacier topped Mount Rainier is visible from Fircrest and most of the other small cities that are clustered around its feet. For all its beauty and majesty Rainier is considered to be one of the most dangerous mountains in the world and is a sleeping but still active volcano. The entire city of Fircrest is contained within 1.58 sq. miles (4.09 sq. km) and is all land mass with no lakes or bodies of water. In the 2010 census the population was 6,497 people living in 2,705 households. Only 31.2% of the households had children under 18 years of age living in them and 13.6% had seniors living alone. The average household size was 2.39 people and the average family size was 2.93. The coolest month of the year is January with a mean temperature of 41 degrees and the warmest month is August with a mean temperature of 65.7 degrees. Fircrest has an average rainfall of 38.95 inches per year. Median income was $54,912.


Vital Records:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/BirthDeathMarriageandDivorce.aspx
http://www.archives.com/genealogy/vital-records-pierce-county-wa.html
http://www.vitalrecordsdirectory.com/WA/vital-records/pierce-county-vital-records-4.html


Probate Records

http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/record-search-court-land.php?locIndex=24779

http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=2082                                


City Directories
Maps
Cemeteries: Fircrest doesn’t have cemeteries within its city limits. Nearby cemeteries are:

New Tacoma Cemetery

Tacoma cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery


Churches
Town Records
Newspapers: Fircrest does not have a newspaper.  The 'local' newspapers of the area also serve the city of Fircrest.

Tacoma News Tribune

Seattle Times

 
Libraries and Historical Societies
References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fircrest,_Washington
http://www.cityoffircrest.net/xAbout.html