I had it in my head to look for a place that is allegedly haunted for my new place. So I googled Tacoma and Haunted and found the former site of the Children’s Industrial Home (an orphanage). The orphanage which had been on the site was constructed 1904 at a cost of $7,500. The building looked like a mansion and held up to thirty children. It was called the “Home on the Hill”.
In September of 1944 the furnace and the boiler in the building’s basement exploded and thankfully none of the children were seriously hurt, though two of the adults were injured. A TPL photo of the damage can be found here.
And another photo of the original building and some of the darling children can be found here.
The insurance company declared the building a complete loss and it was torn down. A new facility was constructed on the site later. The youthful occupants of the current site complain about hearing crying at one end of the “new” building and adult staff members have reported seeing ghosts of children playing around the building.
I really admire today’s new place of the day. Al Davies Branch of the Puget Sound Boys and Girls Club is located at 1620 S. 17th St., Tacoma, WA 98405, (253) 502-4631. This facility provides a safe and enriching place for children between the hours of 2:30 and 7, Monday – Friday.
The organizations webpage says that Boys & Girls Clubs provides our community’s children with:
1. A safe place to learn and grow
2. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
3. Life-enhancing programs and character development
4. Hope and opportunity
This is a Kids At Hope facility and the children recite the Kids At Hope pledge daily:
I am a kid at hope.
I am talented, smart and capable of success.
I have dreams for the future, and I will climb to reach those dreams and goals every day.
No child is ever turned away for economic reasons.
Today’s new place was the extraordinary opportunity to see the new YWCA prior to it’s opening for clients. The Facebook invitations states “The building offers 22 apartments for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Designers have lovingly created living spaces everyone would love, and that our clients will enjoy.” The apartments were amazing, each and every one of them. Today and tomorrow will be the only time that the units will be available for the public to view.