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THE / TACOMA (tsp text on an unusual design featuring a mermaid arcing up around the name at right and four fish hanging below).

On the obverse of the glass:
The Spokane (old English) / (engraved picture of a tavern sign hanging from an ornate bracket by chains. The sign reads: Ye SIGN oF Ye / SILVER GRILL. A small swastika appears at either end of the top line.)

ID#: WLL127a
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Glass Category:Liquor advertising
Glass Type:Molded Wine Glass
Label Type:Needle etched
Dimensions:3-1/4" x 1-5/8"
Edmonson:Not listed
The Tacoma Hotel listed from 1884-1935.

There are two glasses with logo's from both this hotel and the Spokane Hotel's Silver Grill in Spokane, WA. There was a branch of the Silver Grill in Tacoma: the exact connection between all three is unknown.

The Tacoma Hotel was an enormous and luxurious structure designed by Stanford White in the Tudor style. It first opened its doors to the public on August 8, 1884. It overlooked the harbor in Commencement Bay and was frequented by the rich and famous of the day.

The Hotel's mascot was an 800 lb bear named Jack. He had been raised from a cub by the Hotel staff and had been taught to perform tricks for the guests, including drinking beer from a mug held between his front paws. On March 17, 1893, Jack refused to return to his pen after one too many beers and headed outside, down South 9th towards Pacific Avenue. This was a busy street and he was soon was accosted by police Officer Kenna, who shot him twice. The animal was wounded but not killed and was taken back to the Hotel to recuperate. Being shot apparently awoke the bear's natural distrust of humans and his beer-drinking days were over: he put down some time later.

The Hotel operated until 1935, when it was destroyed by fire.

The hotel in 1888, from a Washington State historical site.

Company name timeline:
The Tacoma Hotel

Address timeline:
A St between 9th & 10th

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