Fircrest


Fircrest is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,497 at the 2010 census. In 1907, financiers from San Francisco, including Major Edward J. Bowes of the "Original Amateur Hour" fame, had a vision of a ‘residential park, an enchanting spot to enjoy life and raise a family.’ With that in mind, they purchased a parcel of land to the west of Tacoma and named the subdivision Regents Park. Their influence is reflected in the streets named after their California background and their value of higher education.In September 1925, Regents Park and its 306 residents incorporated as the Town of Fircrest in an effort to start new and reenergize the community. Incorporation gave them the financial stability and control to repair and develop the infrastructure and services.Through the years, Fircrest continues to preserve its sense of community. During the depression, milk and hot meals were provided to needy school children. In 1936, ten dollars and ten days created one hundred dollars worth of Christmas toys for the children. A 150-acre fire threatened Fircrest in 1949, but no homes were lost.