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 One Wild Party!

From the archives.

The following excerpt is from the 1950 edition of So Fair a Dwelling Place by Gordon Newell.

Victory Celebration, 1865


Olympia was strongly pro-union in its Civil War sympathies. John Miller Murphy, though a Democrat, favored the preservation of the Union at any cost and reflected that attitude in his Washington Standard. The town was almost wrecked in the victory celebration when the war ended.

There were still lusty pioneers around in 1865, and two of them, James Pray, saloon owner and veteran of the California Vigilantes, and Benjamin Cleal, an ancient mariner, decided to fire victory salutes with the town's fabled Indian War cannon, which still reposed on the waterfront at the foot of Main Street.

They used large quantities of powder, and as the ancient cannon warmed up it began bounding backward in great leaps as it recoiled. It progressed up Main Street backward, knocking out windows at every blast, until it arrived at Pray's saloon, near Fourth, where the victory celebration was continued. Mr. Pray paid for his hearty patriotism by having all his glasses and windows and most of his furniture broken.

By Keith Eisner

President Lincoln was too busy to attend. President Lincoln was too busy to attend.