Place:Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States


Alt namesSmithfieldsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VIII, 925
Coordinates47.043°N 122.893°W
Located inThurston, Washington, United States     (1851 - )
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Olympia is the capital of the State of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. It was incorporated on January 28, 1859. The population was documented as 46,478 in the 2010 census. The city borders Lacey, to the East, and Tumwater to the South. Olympia is a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region.


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The site of Olympia has been home to Lushootseed-speaking peoples for thousands of years, including Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, and Duwamish.

The first recorded visit by Europeans was in 1792 when Peter Puget and a crew from the British Vancouver Expedition charted the site. In 1846, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia. In 1851, the U.S. Congress established the Customs District of Puget Sound for Washington Territory and Olympia became the home of the customs house. Its population steadily expanded from Oregon Trail immigrants. In 1853, the town settled on the name Olympia, at the suggestion of local resident Colonel Isaac N. Ebey, due to its view of the Olympic Mountains to the Northwest. The area began to be served by a small fleet of steamboats known as the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.

In 1896, Olympia became the home of the Olympia Brewing Company, which brewed Olympia Beer until 2003.

A 1949 earthquake damaged many historic buildings beyond repair, and they were demolished. Parts of the city also suffered damage from earthquake tremors in 1965 and the 2001 Nisqually earthquake.

In 1967, the state legislature approved the creation of The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Since 1984, Olympia has also been home to the South Puget Sound Community College. Olympia has become a hub for artists and musicians, and has been named one of the best college towns in the nation for its vibrant downtown and access to outdoor activities.

Recent mayors

Mayor From To
David SkramstadSeptember 1982December 1985
William DaleyJanuary 1986December 1987
Holly GadbawJanuary 1988December 1989
Rex DerrJanuary 1990December 1991
David SkramstadJanuary 1992December 1993
Bob JacobsJanuary 1994December 1999
Stan BilesJanuary 2000December 2003
Mark FoutchJanuary 2004December 2007
Doug MahJanuary 2008December 2011
Stephen BuxbaumJanuary 2012

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