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How the Lady Lex Lit Up Tacoma!

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

UW Pub Talks

Location: McMenamins Anderson School

Doors open at 6 pm. Talks begin at 7 p.m.

Join us for an in-depth presentation on how the USS Lexington kept the lights on in Tacoma in 1929, after a severe drought left little water behind Tacoma City Light’s two power dams.

This fascinating story of good intentions, bureaucracy, city rivalry, politics and improvisational problem solving explores the relationship that developed between the Lady Lex and Tacoma and lasted all the way through World War II.

Presented by William Lokey Adventurer, Mountaineer, Emergency Manager and Polar Logistician.

The University of Washington Bothell is partnering with McMenamins History Department to present Pub Night Talks — a monthly series of talks by experts from UW Bothell and around the local community.

These talks are held the last Tuesday evening of each month at McMenamins Anderson School in downtown Bothell. Doors open at 6 pm. Talks begin at 7 p.m. and are followed by Q&A.

All talks are free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

All seating is first come, first served.

To learn about other events from the History Department of McMenamins, go to

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