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Olympia -- Thumbnail History

The Olympia area was well established by 1853 thanks to the Hudson's Bay Company's nearby Fort Nisqually and Puget Sound Agriculture Company, the early U.S. settlement at Tumwater, and Catholic missionary activity. The discovery of coal and a good harbor boosted the pioneer economy and Olympia served as the terminus of the Cowlitz Trail, the northern extension of the Oregon Trail, where settlers could transfer from foot and wagons to canoes and ships and spread outward along the shores of Puget Sound. The town grew with its own economy as Washington grew as a state, in addition to serving as the seat of government from 1853 to the present time.
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Olympia Capitol -- A History of the Building

Modern-day visitors to Olympia's capitol campus are justly impressed by the main Legislative Building's 278-foot-high dome and the equally broad-shouldered edifices that surround that central structure. Architecture critics have called the arrangement a watershed in American capitol construction. Yet building the Washington state capitol was in no way an easy task. Not only were there daunting costs and delays involved, but even upon its completion in 1924, critics derided it as a waste of tax dollars.
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Washington State Library

The Washington State Library was established by the organic act which created Washington Territory in 1853, and it has served as the official library for state government since Washington gained statehood in 1889. The library's collection began with fewer than 2,000 volumes collected by first Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens (1818-1862) and shipped around the Horn of South America. It would grow to number more than 547,000 books, periodicals, and documents at its peak in the late 1990s. An executive agency located in Olympia for most of its existence, the Washington State Library was transferred to the office of the Secretary of State in 2002 and physically relocated to an office park in Tumwater, Washington, in 2001 as a result of drastic budget cuts.
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Olympia's Rex Theater opens in 1911.

Sometime in 1911, the Rex Theater opens for business on the corner of 4th and Washington streets in downtown Olympia. Erected by J. K. and L. B. Nave, the 2,800 square foot venue is constructed entirely of concrete and seats nearly 400 people.
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Fire damages the Old State Capitol Building in Olympia on September 8, 1928.

On Saturday afternoon, September 8, 1928, fire destroys the third floor of the Old State Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington, along with its most notable decoration, a 150-foot-tall octagonal clock tower displaying an illuminated dial in each of the eight facets, visible day or night from throughout the city. With assistance from Tacoma firefighters, the Olympia Fire Department douses the flames and saves the building, but the clockwork is destroyed and the clocks are stopped forever. The structure is soon repaired, but the clock tower is declared unsafe and removed, never to be replaced.
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Unemployed Citizens League marchers meet police and vigilantes in Olympia on March 2, 1933.

On March 2, 1933, 1,200 unemployed men from Seattle meet 800 police and vigilantes in Olympia. The protesters want the legislature to assess higher taxes on the rich, to end foreclosures, and to provide hot meals for their children. They demand that the city of Olympia "make every possible preparation for caring for and protecting the marchers." The city commissioners refuse and warn that the marchers enter Olympia "at their own risk" (Newell, 372).
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A runaway train derails in downtown Olympia, killing one, on March 13, 1959.

On March 13, 1959, a crewless, runaway 15-car train strikes the Union Pacific Depot in downtown Olympia with such force that it goes through the building and crosses 4th Avenue, destroying half a city block. One man is killed and 20 persons are injured seriously enough to require hospitalization. Property damage exceeds $250,000. The cause of the accident is quickly traced to the train crew's failure to properly set brakes on the cars and subsequently leaving the train unattended.
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The Swinging Chandelier: A Story for April 1 by Ralph Munro

Ralph Munro served as Secretary of State from 1980 to 2001. This story of the chandelier in the Capitol Building in Olympia also involves another person, Jack Metcalf (1927-2007), a Washington state senator and later U.S. Congressman from Washington.
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