Thurston County Time Line:
1818-1958

Roger Easton is constructing this timeline to place events occurring in Thurston County in a chronological perspective. Extracted from publications, documents, news articles, journals, etc., it is always open to additions, corrections, amendments.

This is not intended to be the definitive list of events which caused Olympia and Thurston County to evolve into what they are today, but is a list of important, and sometimes just interesting or entertaining bits of information, which hopefully will interest the reader to look further for the whole story.

There are gaps, which we are endeavoring to fill, so expect this page to continually change.  Please feel free to contact me to make corrections, add to it, or to further research any of the events below.

The reader may use their browser's “Find” function to locate specific individuals or events when the date of occurrence is unknown.

NOTE:  Events listed in any year are not necessarily in chronological order within that year. In order to locate information on this page, please use the “Find on this page” browser feature to search for a particular person, place or event. This is usually located under the 'Edit' menu pull done for your browser.


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1928

The Olympia Airport was acquired, and the first planes arrived.
Fire destroyed the clock towers on the [Old] Capitol Building.


1930

The Federal Census gave Olympia’s population as 11, 733.


1934

Sam Fun Locke, the business leader of the local Chinese community, passed away.  His funeral is attended by many surviving pioneers from the area


1940

The Federal Census gave Olympia,s population as 13,254


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1958

Content updated: October 26, 2003