“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Thurston County Washington Historical Markers

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By Duane Hall, September 1, 2010
Mima Mounds
Washington (Thurston County), Littlerock — Ecological Connections
Grasses, flowers and other plants support the food web of prairies. Butterflies thrive on flower nectar and may use just one plant species to host their caterpillars. Bees pollinate the flowers. Ground-nesting birds hide their nests among the . . . — Map (db m71781)
Washington (Thurston County), Littlerock — Mima Mounds: A Special Prairie
What Makes a Prairie Grasslands thrive where dry soil and frequent drought or fires limit or exclude trees and shrubs. The soils and climate in each of North America’s grasslands support a unique mix of native grasses, flowers, and other . . . — Map (db m71780)
Washington (Thurston County), Littlerock — Mima Mounds: The Mysterious Work of Nature
Early Encounters, Early Hypotheses The Mima Mounds intrigues travelers and explorers in the 1800s as described in their journal entries. MAY 20, 1841 Charles Wilkes, commander of the United States Exploring Expedition from . . . — Map (db m71769) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Littlerock — Scientists Still Search for an Answer
More than 30 explanation have been proposed for the origin of the Mima Mounds, but none has been proven. Were the Mounds Created by Glacial Ice? In 1913 glacial geologist J Harlan Bretz completed the first detailed study of the Mima . . . — Map (db m71779)
Washington (Thurston County), Littlerock — What We Know for Sure
The Mima Mounds were formed some time after ice age glaciers began receding 16,500 years ago. Their origin has puzzled scientists and curious visitors since the mid-1800s. Research has revealed what we know so far about the glacial history of this . . . — Map (db m71778)
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — John Rankin Rogers
Born in Brunswick, Maine, September 4th, 1838. Died in Olympia, Washington, December 26th, 1901. Twice governor of Washington. Philosopher and statesman. Author of the Barefoot School Boy Law, which gives to every poor son of this . . . — Map (db m83695) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — Marathon Park
This stretch of public shoreline—a part of the Washington State Capitol Campus—is named in honor of the first U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials, which took place in Olympia on May 12, 1984. Competitors in that historic race ran 26.2 . . . — Map (db m128630) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — Marking the End of the Oregon Trail 1844
(Marker title is inscription.)Map (db m88854) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — Masonic Lodge 1854-1971,Washington Territorial Legislative Meeting Site 1854-1855 and 1855-1856 — Olympia Heritage Site —
The Masonic Temple was built in 1854 by the first Masonic Lodge in Washington, Olympia Lodge No 1 F. and A. M. It was built on land donated by Edmund Sylvester who had platted the town of Olympia in 1850. Designed in a classical style, the . . . — Map (db m91488) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — POW AND MIA Monument
In gratitude to those who sacrificed their freedom in the service of our country. We, the citizens of the State of Washington dedicated this monument to honor all former American Prisoners of War, those still missing, and those Americans who may . . . — Map (db m92618) WM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — She-Nah-NamMedicine Creek Treaty
1 1/4 miles north-west is a bronze tablet placed by Sacajawea Chapter D.A.R. marking site where Governor Stevens held council with Nisqually, Puyallup and Squaxon Indians, December 24-26, 1854. This stone erected by . . . — Map (db m107879) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — The First William Winlock Miller High School
The first William Winlock Miller High School opened on this site in 1907. Known as Olympia High School, it was the first high school building in lower Puget Sound, built on land donated by Mary McFadden Miller. In 1851 her husband William Winlock . . . — Map (db m128577) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — The Lone Tree
A seedling from the Gray's Harbor "Lone Tree" which served as a maritime beacon since it guided Captain Robert Gray into the harbor in 1792. Placed in honor of Charles Tallmadge Conover patriot, historian and writer, who dedicated his life to . . . — Map (db m58662) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — The Medal of Honor MonumentWashington State Capitol
The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction which can be awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is presented by the President in the name of Congress to an individual who while serving in the Armed Forces distinguished . . . — Map (db m92619) WM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — Washington Women Win the Vote
Here, in February 1909, both Houses of the Washington Legislature authorized a vote by the State’s qualified voters to amend the Washington State Constitution to enable women to vote in all elections. Male voters of Washington approved the amendment . . . — Map (db m83709) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Olympia — Washington's State Capitol Design
On August 3, 1911, the Washington State Capitol Commission awarded first prize in a design competition for our state's new capitol to New York architects Walter R. Wilder and Harry K. White. Wilder and White were relatively unknown, young architects . . . — Map (db m128611) HM
Washington (Thurston County), Tumwater — 44 — Crosby House
Registered State Historic Place Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Crosby House Under the provisions of the State Historic Preservation Act of 1967, this property possesses particular value in . . . — Map (db m118809) HM

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