Point of Beginning

Tribute helps Tacoma's Star shine again

September 2, 2008
When a bronze statue of Allen C. Mason, Tacoma’s premier early promoter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is unveiled in November, organizers of the project will also pay tribute to a lesser known--but equally important--person who played a significant role in Tacoma's development: land surveyor and civil engineer Lawson A. Nicholson.


DAN VOELPEL; THE NEWS TRIBUNE

Published: August 24th, 2008 01:00 AM

Allen C. Mason, Tacoma’s premier early promoter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will get his bronze statue.
 
Embedded in the sidewalk in front of his welcoming pose, you will see a 5-foot-wide bronze replica of his Star of Destiny – 120 pro-Tacoma sayings in the shape of a five-pointed star.
 
Tacoma’s Star of Destiny appeared in a long-running series of advertisements Mason ran – at a cost of $5,000 a month – in major newspapers across the U.S.
 
He wanted folks back east to find their own destiny on parcels in his North End Tacoma real estate developments.
 
Mason gets credit for the star. He came up with the concept and inspiration, according to published newspaper reports. But Mason didn’t draw it.
 
When organizers of the $238,000 Mason Plaza project at North 26th and Proctor streets unveil the statue and star in November, they also will note on the monument the name of the land surveyor and civil engineer who drew the star, Lawson A. Nicholson.