Overview of the Prairie Line Trail
The Prairie Line Trail is an extraordinary landmark of Tacoma history. In 1873, the Northern Pacific Railroad designated the now-overgrown, half-mile, two-acre corridor as the western terminus for its transcontinental railroad, beating out competitors Seattle, Olympia and Bellingham. Modern city-building and telegraph communications followed the railroad, and from here sprung the town’s moniker, “The City of Destiny.” The proposed walking, biking and
interpretive trail follows the historic rail corridor linking the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, the Brewery District, the Museum District and Thea Foss Waterway, and eventually connects with the Water Ditch Trail. Users will be within walking distance of the convention center, the copper-domed Union Station, and the ethereal Museum of Glass Bridge – all destinations that radiate outward from the Tacoma Art Museum.
Public Art Plan for the Prairie Line Trail
The Prairie Line Trail offers an opportunity to create a history-infused active destination and outdoor art venue that is unique to Washington, and the country. The PLT will draw visitors to our historic downtown, where curated temporary and site-specific permanent art
will greet trail users.
Urban planner Todd Bressi and the design team of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) were awarded a commission, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts
planning grant, to develop a public art plan for the trail.
Click here to see the final draft of the public
art plan for the Prairie Line Trail.
Articles about Public Art on the Prairie Line Trail
the Walk on the Prairie Line Trail (Nov 13, 2011)
and Thoughtbarn team up on "Ghost Prairie" (Nov 11, 2011)
Terminus: Marking the Line (Nov 10, 2011)
Prairie" is coming to town (Nov 9, 2011)
planning rolls on for Prairie Line Trail (Sep 19, 2011)
and history connect on the Prairie Line Trail (Jun 2, 2011)
Questions? Contact Amy McBride,
Tacoma Arts Administrator.