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Arne Handeland will be available to sign copies of pictorial history
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University Place - Washington - US


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - March 18, 2014 - PRLog -- A community located just south and west of Tacoma, University Place has always been noted for its excellent school system but where is the "university?" In the 1890s, long before University Place became a suburban bedroom community, it was chosen as the future site for Puget Sound University. Plans were drawn and ground breaking even occurred, but the economic depression of the mid-1890s scuttled the venture; however, the name University Place stuck.

At approximately the same time the university was planned, the few residents in the area formed school district No. 83, encompassing approximately eight square miles along the shore of Puget Sound and named it University Place School District. From the days of sheep herding, logging, gravel and sand mining, tomato farming, apple and peach orchard planting, and rhododendron farming, University Place has become a proud city with a population exceeding 31,000 residents.

Highlights of University Place include:

The Early Years and Pioneers
A University Tries, a Community Survives
University Place School District No. 83
Working, Eating, Playing, and Praying Together
To Be or Not to Be . . . a City

Join the Author for a Book Signing!


2219 South 37th Street, Tacoma WA 98409

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online. (

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit

University Place

by Arne Handeland

Images of America series

128 pages/ softcover

Available: February 11, 2013
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