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Prairie Line Trail Interpretive Plan

Prairie Line Trail

Photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)


Project Overview

The City of Tacoma was awarded a Washington State 2015-2017 Heritage Capital Projects Fund grant for the Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretation Project. The overall Prairie Line Trail (PLT) 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. This project will develop an historic interpretation plan for the City’s segments of the Prairie Line Trail corridor, as well as design and implement projects identified and informed by that interpretation 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 and Development Services and the Historic Preservation Office and the interpretive strategy and historic preservation consultants, Artifacts Consulting, Inc and Northwest Vernacular


Project Status

The Prairie Line Trail Interpretive Plan and Historic and Cultural Assessment Report have been completed. The City is now working with four artist teams and a website design team to complete implementation of four new art pieces along the trail. 


Public Engagement

The new website and mobile walking tour, PrairieLineTrail.orgis now live! 


For kids and families, download and print the Prairie Line Trail Youth Activity Book, or pick one up from the Tacoma Children's Museum. You can work on the book while exploring the trail, or learn about the corridor's unique history from home. 



PrairieLineTrail.org Interpretive Website 

UWT PLT web page
Public Works project page: Phase 2
Grant application & Images
PLT Arts Plan web page
PLT Conceptual Design 

PLT Youth Activity Book 



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Staff Contacts

Elliott Barnett, Senior Planner (253) 591-5389
Lauren Hoogkamer, Principal Planner (253) 591-5254