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Located on the southernmost point of Puget Sound, the Olympia area was occupied by the Coastal Salish Indians for many generations before American settlers established a town site there in 1846. First the provisional territorial capital in 1853, incorporated as a town in 1859, it then became the permanent state capital when Washington attained statehood in 1889. The town was named for the majestic Olympic Mountains, visible on a clear day. The town's history and landmarks, including the capitol building, the waterfront, the downtown businesses, and the Olympia brewery, as well as the surrounding areas, were all visually documented by the picture postcard, which gained widespread popularity at the beginning of the 20th century.
ISBN: 9780738580364
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Jill Bullock, a native of Bellevue, Washington, has collected Washington images on postcards for more than 25 years. Her career includes being a newspaper columnist and writer and an antique and postcard dealer. From her private collection, along with postcards loaned by institutions and other collectors, are choice samplings of images showing scenes from Olympia as it once was.
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