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    A founding father of Tacoma, WA, Job Carr

    arrived in the region 150 years ago.

    This replica Cabin Museum

    is a

    cherished community resource.

    If you've never visited the Cabin, we invite you to

    "step inside and step back in time."

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  • 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.

  • Cabin Hours

    The Cabin will re-open at our regular hours in February.

    Call the Cabin Office at 253-627-5405 if you want

    further assistance.


    October - May, 1:00 - 4:00pm

    June - September, 12noon - 4:00pm

    (Tours by appointment only in January)

    Group tours are available by appointment.

  • Locate the Cabin

    Have a question or want to schedule your visit? Call the Cabin Office at 253-627-5405.

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    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


    2017 Sponsors


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    Pioneer Days Festival

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