Tacoma Daily Index Top Stories — March 2016

Here are the top five stories read by visitors to the Tacoma Daily Index‘s Web site during the month of March, according to Google Analytics.

1. Hi-tech engines will power Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service (Tacoma Daily Index, March 11, 2016) — The Washington State Department of Transportation moved one step closer to introducing eight state-of-the-art locomotives that will provide passenger rail service between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver, BC.

Hi-tech engines will power Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service (IMAGE COURTESY WSDOT)

Hi-tech engines will power Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service (IMAGE COURTESY WSDOT)

2. Pierce County’s History Detectives (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 15, 2009) — Someone posted this article—published more than six years ago and following two architectural historians as they completed a survey of Pierce County’s historic buildings—on the Prairie House Museum & Spanaway Historical Society’s Facebook page on March 8. The result? It was one of our most-read articles in March.

Pierce County's History Detectives (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Pierce County’s History Detectives (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

3. Shaw House: A new chapter for former owners of landmark Tacoma residence (Tacoma Daily Index, March 8, 2016) — An interview with historic preservation advocate Sharon Winters and Kendall Reid, who sold their Tacoma home—the historic Shaw House—and retired to St. Petersburg, Fla.

Shaw House: A new chapter for former owners of landmark Tacoma residence (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Shaw House: A new chapter for former owners of landmark Tacoma residence (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

4. Major artwork to be installed this weekend in downtown Tacoma’s Theater District (Tacoma Daily Index, March 24, 2016) — After more than a year of preparations, Seattle-based artist Jonathan Clarren finally saw his artwork installed on a downtown Tacoma building facade.

Major artwork to be installed this weekend in downtown Tacoma's Theater District (PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN CLARREN)

Major artwork to be installed this weekend in downtown Tacoma’s Theater District (PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN CLARREN)

5. Valhalla Hall Project community meeting March 16 (Tacoma Daily Index, March 3, 2016) — The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority shared information about a planned renovation of Valhalla Hall in the city’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Valhalla Hall Project community meeting March 16 (IMAGE COURTESY CITY OF TACOMA)

Valhalla Hall Project community meeting March 16 (IMAGE COURTESY CITY OF TACOMA)

To read earlier coverage of the Tacoma Daily Index‘s top stories during 2016, click on the following links:

Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index, an award-winning journalist, and the author of several books. His journalism is collected online at wahmee.com.