The Cabin's Story
“On Christmas Day of 1864 in company with Mr. Billings and three or four others, I went fishing. As we went along in our canoe, we came opposite where Tacoma now stands. I raised on my feet and exclaimed ‘Eureka, Eureka’ and told my companions there was my claim. “
—Job Carr, 1887
Job Carr Cabin Museum
is bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life
through interactive learning
for elementary students and our community.
The Job Carr Cabin Museum is a replica of Tacoma's first permanent non-Native residence. It was built in 2000 about a block away from the original site of Job’s frontier home.
Entering the Cabin, one steps back in time to see the living space much as it would have been in the late 19th-century. Docents greet you and share stories about Job and his family, and others who soon joined them to make Tacoma a bustling town.
Visitors can learn why those early settlers came here, how they lived, what industries put Tacoma on the map, and much more. The Cabin is a "pay as you can" museum; there is no admission cost. Donations make it possible to provide our programs to anyone who wants to learn about Tacoma's unique history.
Pictures tell a thousand words!
Take a step back in time at Job Carr Cabin Museum
to the mid 1800s.
Visit us and see for yourself how the pioneers lived over 150 years ago.
Bring your family for a picnic and have fun on the playground in Old Town Park.
Find a schedule of activities and events on our
Locate the Cabin
Have a question or want to schedule your visit? Call the Cabin Office at 253-627-5405.
2017 Patron Sponsor
Tacoma's birthplace comes to life with our community's help.
Our "Patron" sponsors make the stories of Old Town and
the Carr Family come to life by supporting Cabin operations cost through their generous donations.
Empower the mission of Job Carr Cabin Museum!
Become a sponsor today - a variety of sponsor levels are available.
For more information, please call: 253-627-5405