Russell Holter 300 pages softcover
On July 4, 1900 the worst trolley disaster in the United States claimed the lives of 44 residents of Tacoma and Pierce County in Washington. Over 140 people packed into a motor coach to celebrate one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the northwest. However they did not make it to the festival due to dangerous transportation methods. This book chronicles the events leading up to the disaster, the disaster and the effects it had on the community. This book highlights a neglected topic but one that highlight's Tacoma's role in a national conversation on safety and public transportation standards.