Tumwater Park: An Early Version of Northwest Trek

The Washington Standard newspaper reported in its November 12, 1897 edition that “It’s raining pitchforks with saw logs for handles and the tines downward.” In other words, the weather was typically wet for that time of year in our part of the country. What caught my eye though in that issue of the paper was a reference to Tumwater: “Tumwater Park received an unexpected accession to its population the other day, in the shape of a baby elk, which was born in the park from a captive elk.” Keep in mind that this was around 65 years before our modern day Tumwater Falls Park was constructed on the same site in 1962 in time for the Seattle World’s Fair.

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It’s a Small World

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Each month, Amber Raney at the Washington State Archives publishes an online newsletter, appropriately titled Out of the Archives. The November issue featured a great photo of a mountain lodge, and challenged viewers to identify the lodge’s location. When I saw that photo, I knew I’d seen a copy somewhere at the Schmidt House, so I went digging through our archives. What I found surprised me, and led both Amber and me to exclaim “It’s a small world!”

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German Heritage History Talk Draws Standing Room Only Crowd at the Schmidt House

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“It’s never easy to predict the turn-out for our free monthly history talks,” says Don Trosper, Public History Manager for the “Heritage Builders” program of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.  “Today’s noon hour talk was nearly filled to capacity as we hosted noted genealogist Jewell Dunn talking about the German heritage of the Schmidt family.”

Sixty visitors filled the room to overflowing to hear not only our German roots locally, but also to receive helpful tips

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Celebrate Bob Crim’s Birthday and Semi Retirement With the Olympia Tumwater Foundation

Bob Crim has been the caretaker at Tumwater’s Schmidt House for nearly 60 years! He’s been a gardener, chauffeur, babysitter, sheep-shearer, handyman, and wedding host extraordinaire, to name just a few of his responsibilities. Help us celebrate Bob’s 78th birthday and semi-retirement on Tuesday, November 10, 12:30 to 3:00pm at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt…

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