Now is the time to visit Tumwater Falls Park where Chinook salmon are showing up in impressive numbers in their annual migration upstream. Each fall, the Park welcomes thousands of visitors and schoolchildren to see salmon in their natural habitat, slowly making their way to the Tumwater Falls Hatchery. Come be enthralled by the cascading…
Los Angeles Times¹ travel writer Brian Clark recently visited Tumwater Falls Park while researching an article on weekend getaways in South Puget Sound. Moira Davin from Visit Olympia (formerly OLT Visitor & Convention Bureau) arranged Brian’s media tour and selected the Park as a “must see.” A former resident of Olympia, Brian has fond memories of the area and gets back whenever he can.
Are you ready for a historic adventure? The Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s “Heritage Builders” program invites you to a free guided walk through history with local historian and Public History Manager, Don Trosper. The 2016 weekly tours are offered every Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 now through September 15. You’ll begin at the Falls Park…
In a cooperative effort with the City of Tumwater, the Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s local history program partnered with Thurston Community Television (TCTV) to produce twenty, three minute videos focusing on Tumwater’s rich history.
Local historian and author, Don Trosper, hosts these short videos featuring music, historic photos, and compelling details about names you may hear and see around Tumwater today, like George Bush, Michael T. Simmons, the Crosby family, and more. Don says, “There is more than enough material to produce many more of these utilizing the rich resources of the foundation archives at the Schmidt House and the City of Tumwater files from Henderson House. It is great fun and will hopefully be helpful to students in history classes, local area residents and visitors from outside our local area.”
Click on the underlined links below to enjoy Don’s folksy interpretation of Tumwater’s past:
The Founders of Tumwater and their trip over the Oregon Trail. Why make such a trip?
We had a beautiful day at Tumwater Falls Park after the nasty storm this morning.
Lots of people checking out the swollen river, which peaked at three feet above flood stage around 3:00p.m.
This man seems transfixed by the immense power of the water.
The Deschutes River will approach moderate flood stage on Wednesday, December 9 according to NOAA projections. River crest is expected around noon at Tumwater Falls Park.
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The Deschutes River reached flood stage early today and put on an impressive display at Tumwater Falls Park
Nearly six inches of rain fell in the Olympia area the past few days and lots of people took the opportunity to enjoy a sunny respite and view the swollen Deschutes River in Tumwater Falls Park.
Cider Sunday and Thurston County Through the Decades
Annual Event in the Falls Park Once Again a Great Success
There have been times in past years when the “Cider Sunday” living history event in the park was cold and windy with the rain falling sideways. It has been held the first Sunday in October for many years, rain or shine, and this year the sun shown brightly and the turnout was large.