Your favorite SouthSoundTalk stories in October included a little bit of everything – history and food and a dash of Halloween-season creepiness. Read on to learn more about one of Tacoma’s most historic (and huge!) homes, what’s changed on the Gig Harbor food scene, as well as ghost stories straight out of T-Town.

1. Tacoma’s Rust Mansion

The 1905 Rust Mansion was known as Tacoma’s White House. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger.

If you’ve ever driven down North I Street, you’ve likely seen it – an imposing white mansion that’s impossibly posh. You know it wasn’t built in the 1990s. You know that house has a story behind it. And it certainly does. Steve Dunkelberger delves into the history behind the Rust Mansion.

2. Food Scene in Gig Harbor Grows

Eggs Benedict at the Devoted Kiss Cafe with the great view of the Gig Harbor. Photo credit: Lui Kit Wong.

You might not think of Gig Harbor when you’re thinking about where to go out to dinner, but maybe that should change. The food scene across the bridges is growing and includes a stunning array of restaurants and eateries.

3. Five Haunted Tales of the City of Destiny

Photo Courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound

Every city has its stock of ghost stories that involve the grittier side of its past. Tacoma is no different. This story delved into five haunted tales from around Tacoma, including a ghost that lurks at Point Defiance and a ghost at UPS that many believe to be Ted Bundy’s first victim.

4. Editor’s choice: Where to go in Tacoma for the Best Gluten Free Meals

When you feel like going out to breakfast, try out the gluten-free Shaka Potatoes at Shakabrah Java. You can customize your order to include whatever meats, veggies or add-ons you like to create the perfect combination for your taste buds. Photo credit: Chelsea Clark.

For those who have diet restrictions, dining out can sometimes be far trickier than it seems. With this list of gluten-free meals and restaurants in Tacoma, part of the guess work is taken out of the equation.

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