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416 14th Ave SW USA - Olympia WA 98504
A long time in the making, Washington's state capitol building got off to a sluggish start. When the 42nd state was admitted to the Union in 1889, the US government granted it revenues from 132,000 acres of federal land to use in building a permanent..
Industrial tourism and theme park
100 Brown Farm Rd NE USA - Olympia WA 98516
Preserving natural habitat in the Nisqually River Delta, the refuge wetlands attract some 300 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Remnants of the dairy farm that once claimed this area can be seen in an extensive dike built to k..
Museums and art
918 Glass Ave. N.E. USA - Olympia WA 98506
This Carpenter Gothic-style frame house was built by Harvard-educated lawyer Daniel Bigelow in 1854 and remains the home of his descendants. An early advocate for creating Washington Territory, Bigelow was also a supporter of civil rights, temperance..
Museums and art
211 W. 21st. Ave. USA - Olympia WA 98501
The Italian Renaissance-style home, built by late-19C Olympia banker and mayor C.J. Lord, now houses exhibits devoted to the political and cultural history of both Olympia and the state. Second-floor exhibits focus on the traditions, past and present..
Nature and gardens
Waddell Creek Road USA - Olympia WA 98506
This area of expansive prairie-covered mounds south of Tumwater has been a scientific curiosity since 1841, when Capt. Charles Wilkes of the US Exploring Expedition made a special trip to see it. Theories on the creators of these abundant earthen mou..