Time stands still in this secluded Tacoma neighborhood

Salmon Beach is hidden away from most people in Tacoma without even knowing it’s there. # k5evening

TACOMA, Rinse. – Disclaimer: This is an encore presentation of KING 5’s Evening.

“What I love about Salmon Beach is that you come down here and you have nature on your doorstep,” says Marilyn Mahoney on the deck of her home overlooking the Tacoma Narrows.

Salmon Beach is just a secluded, obscure and quirky neighborhood like you’ll ever find within city limits.

“I think we all enjoy the peace and quiet here,” said Chris Harrison, who we met while walking our dogs on the beach. “You don’t have any road noise.”

No road noise as there are no cars on Salmon Beach. To access this curated community, you must first be invited. Then you have to take the stairs.

Cameron Cornell laughs: “The best part of living here is having a really solid rear,” laughs Cameron Cornell.

There are 200 steps separating Salmon Beach from the rest of the world. Deciding to drive somewhere requires a lot of planning.

“I can’t even count the number of times I’ve done that when you’re at the top and you completely forget your wallet or your wallet and you swear you had the keys and they weren’t there,” Cornell said. speak .

Roger Edwards has been climbing these stairs since 1962.

“It’s been a challenge to live here but some people like a challenge,” he said.

Edwards literally wrote the book on Salmon Beach. Its history dates back to the early 1900s.

“Back then they were just campsites,” he says. “They’re called fishing shacks.”

The remote community attracted looters in the 1920s and hippies in the late 60s. Today, its seclusion has drawn neighbors together.

Chris Brooks said: “We live a few feet from our neighbours. “So we are really part of each other’s lives. For example, I’m watching my neighbor’s kid right now. “

Brook’s friendly dog ​​Lyla patrols a shared path shared by all 82 homes. Everywhere you look, there is an eccentricity and an artistic detail that you can easily miss.

“There are a lot of artists living here at Salmon Beach,” says Mahoney.

The mermaid statue is a work of art that you cannot ignore. Children have been leaving shells in her tail since the mid-90s.

“People say, ‘Oh my gosh! Edwards added.

Like the setting of a storybook from decades ago, Salmon Beach is a special place. A true northwest gem.

Disclaimer: This is an encore presentation of KING 5’s Evening.

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