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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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 Getting Around In the ‘50s and ‘60s.

From the Archives:

That’s the 1850s and ‘60s we’re talking about! The following description is from an early resident as reported in The Early History of Thurston County, Washington by Georgiana Mitchell Blankenship.

Around the Sound


Olympia's means of communication in those days was by a stage line to the south, coaches leaving every other morning and returning every second day, providing the axles were strong enough to withstand the awful roads. To the north, on the Sound, the Eliza Anderson, a side-wheeler with a walking beam, plied, leaving the head of the Sound Sunday night at 12 o'clock and returning some time during the latter part of the same week. It cost one $15 to make the trip one way to Victoria, berths and meals extra. Each trip the old steamer would go out loaded with passengers and freight, many cattle being driven in and shipped this way, which made the route a very profitable one, together with a mail contract, and during the many years of her service the old Anderson probably earned her weight in gold. When the Alaska gold discovery was made she was sent up to run on a northern route and was wrecked.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Secretary of State’s Office.

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An ad from 1860 for the Eliza Anderson. An ad from 1860 for the Eliza Anderson.