The club incorporated as the Tacoma Trail Cruisers (TTC) in 1964 with 68
charter members. Active riders varied in age from pre-teen to folks in their
seventies. Part of the original credo was to put more back into environment
and community than they took away.
With that credo in mind, TTC has became involved with community affairs
such as spending thousands of hours assisting Pierce County Search and
Rescue, assisting with the Daffodil Parade and helping with Walk-a-thon and
Ride-a-thon charity events. Every year a group of the young members formed
an ATV demonstration team that toured Pierce county and conducted seminars.
The team stressed rider safety and environmental awareness to fifth graders
during annual school campouts.
The club was the first and only motorcycle club that volunteered to assist
with the first statewide "Earth clean-up day" On that day and every year
since, the club has cleaned up litter along the roads in Capitol Forest
area. The club has volunteered countless man-hours to various local and DNR
causes including; the Fish and Game Department in planting fish in mountain
lakes, monthly forest clean-up and trail work parties.
So, in 1972, TTC purchased the small ten acre parcel of land that belonged
to the Sloan family- early settlers of the Sherman Valley. On the property
sat an old barn that had been used as family feed and milking barn. Upon
purchase, members got together and cleaned out the hay and the farm
equipment that was left behind. Then TTC had a old fashion barn dance! The
club immediately held this get-acquainted event at which all their country
neighbors were invited so neighbors could see TTC was not a hoodlum
motorcycle gang moving into their area.
The barn became a landmark in our community and a real source of pride for
TTC. In 1973, the club started holding its annual "Smuggler Poker Run" to
generate funds to pay for the property and improvements.
Once the property was paid for the club continued holding this popular
event. It has become the premier ATV event in the Pacific Northwest,
attracting riders from various states. The difference in recent years,
however is that much of the proceeds are donated to various area charities
such as the The JBLM Fisher House, Black Lake and the Little Rock Fire Departments, Mary Bridge
Children's Hospital and the American Red Cross.