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Sep. 12, 2011 at 12:43pm

Huge Rogue Dump Site - South Tacoma

Found via Google Earth - Explored via Bicycle


Photos taken in vacant area roughly between S.38th - 56th / Tyler - South Tacoma Way on 11 September, 2011. Entered area via a trail off Tyler not far from S. 41rst St. The amount of trash on this site is considerable and these photos only represent a small portion. There is a wetland with willows along the western border, just off Tyler.

comments [22]  |  posted under dump, tacoma, trash


by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 12:57pm
just nasty. thanks for the post!

by ixia on 9/12/2011 @ 1:04pm
We contacted the pollution hotline at the city, which turns out to be Citizens for a Healthy Bay. Wondering who the property owner/s is/are.

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 1:07pm
is that the old rail road mechanic yard?

by ixora on 9/12/2011 @ 1:32pm
I think you are right, it probably is the old rail yard... almost all the track has been pulled, though. I couldn't find the property owner listed on the Pierce County website... i am guessing BNSF.

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 1:37pm
If it is a lucky guess I credit the old guys who would stand up at council meetings and complain that the LeMay Auto Museum as not being built there instead of on the Tacoma Dome's Parking lot.

by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 2:07pm
Yeah, that's a disgusting sight/site for sure! Yeah, far as I can tell via county records like this one that's all BNSF land. Unbelievable that such huge parcels (one is 52 acres) in the middle of a city could just be left sitting unused like this except as a rogue dump.

Here also is the satellite map of the area where, if you zoom in far enough, you can see the piles of garbage everywhere:

by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 2:31pm
I think that property belongs to Wm. Dickson.

by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 2:38pm
Some of the property might @fredo but check the link I posted above -- looks like the majority is BNSF.

by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 3:17pm
Bet there are some hong kong sized rats down there.

by ixia on 9/12/2011 @ 4:05pm
ah, Mr. Dickson who tore down the Luzon. Tacoma's good luck charm.

by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 4:43pm
he has knocked down a lot of buildings including the Luzon, also the old city hall on Tacoma Ave. He also knocked down the buildings in Seattle when Interstate 5 was put through in the 1950s. But he also puts in water mains and sewer mains all over town. So he's known for construction as well as demolition.

by CaptainBritton on 9/12/2011 @ 5:03pm
I believe this is one of the few areas in town that will be zoned for new billboard construction...In case somebody wants to buy up the relocation zones...Just sayin'.

by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 5:07pm
illegal dumping attracts corporate spam dumping?

by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:10pm
Wait, wasn't this that plot of land that was slated for the development of a giant distribution center? Then the economy tanked and those plans followed?

Anyone else remember that? I'll see if I can track down any links to that story (was maybe from 1-2 years ago?)...

by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:13pm
... here we go:

The good news: www.exit133.com/3263/prologis-park-in-so...

And the bad news: www.exit133.com/5068/prologis-pulls-out-...

by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 5:14pm
Good catch @Nick! At least Exit133 is still around as an archive. :S

by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:17pm
haha, indeed

by NorthEndDinerDude! on 9/12/2011 @ 6:00pm
How about we get permission to clean it up and not just sit here and talk about it!

by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 6:45pm
I like your comment about participating in a cleanup NEDD.

After clean up they should make that the site of a new multi-screen drivein movie. It's kind of bottom land so doubt if it has tremendous value. Probably enough room to squeeze in that Taxpayers Reconciliation Park we've been planning too.

by JesseHillFan on 9/12/2011 @ 8:08pm
Looks like a great place to build an airfield.
Anyone here remember the old Oswald's Tacoma Airport and the South Tacoma Airport?

by jenyum on 9/12/2011 @ 9:32pm
My guess is it's a brownfield. If it were truly abandoned it would probably only be salvageable via grant/taxpayer money as the cost for clean up would exceed the value of the land. However, since there is a solvent property owner (BNSF) they should be on the hook for it.

by ixia on 9/13/2011 @ 12:27am
The west side is a wetland with mature willow trees. That alone should force the propery owner(s) to clean up and secure the property asap.