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    BEER,BEER and more BEER

    by BLSM Written Jul 16, 2010

    I am not a beer drinker but I do like to go see something that place is known for, and Olmpyia Brewing Co. is named after the city. We were half way across the country and we had heard of Olmpiya Beer. And I had to make a second trip after guy freind found out how close it was to us, and i was designated driver.

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    Upper Tumwater Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Oct 14, 2008

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    At a very early time in the regions history this waterfall was altered by the construction of a dam. That dam has continued to aid the construction of a fish ladder. The volume of the river is almost completely taken by this path but in higher water levels it may be possible that the left hand segment may become more interesting.
    The well manicured grounds around the falls are the result of the former brewery that owned the land. They created the park and trail system the leads to the other falls along the river.

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    Tumwater Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Oct 14, 2008

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    Tumwater falls is probably the most interesting falls in the Tumwater Falls park. It is about 30 feet (9 meters) tall and is split by the rocks in the stream bed. The Falls are somewhat difficult to view since the viewing platforms provided do not extend far enough to provide direct views.
    One thing that this fall does well is mix the man made and natural landscape. The walking bridge above the falls frames the falls well and allows you to get a better view of the actual path the river takes through this obstacle.

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    Middle Tumwater Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Oct 14, 2008

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    At just about 15 feet (5 meters) this waterfall may be more of a rapid than a fall. It is however very accessible and makes for a nice outing. Within the Tumwater Falls park area, this may not be the most impressive but it is certainly worth a look.
    The falls is partially depleted by the fish ladder that exists just to the side of them but in times of higher water it may be likely that the ladder becomes obscured.

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    Downtown Olympia

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    Olympia was incorporated in 1859 and has a current population of just 42,000 people. The population of the city is about 85 percent white, with a liberal, artistic bent. The center of downtown is Fourth Avenue and Capitol Way, where you can find a small variety of restaurants, most seeming to be Asian.

    Maybe I'ved lived a sheltered life, but I have never seen as many punk-ish kids with pink and orange hair in all my life as I saw in a few hours in downtown Olympia. Makes for an odd town...

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    Washington State Capitol

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 8, 2007
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    The state capitol, officially known as th Washington State Legislative Building, was completed in 1928 after six years of construction. Even today it is the fourth tallest masonry dome in the world smaller than only St. Peter’s Cathedral, in Rome, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg.

    The Washington State Legislature, Washington State Supreme Court, and governor's mansion are all located on the capitol campus.

    Tours are available seven days a week hourly between 10 am and 3 pm, are free, and last 60 minutes.

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    Monuments at the Capitol Building

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 8, 2007
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    What would a state capitol be without a bunch of cool historic monuments? Some of the cool memorials at the Washington State Capitol building include:

    The Winged Victory Monument, one of the centerpieces of the capitol grounds, consists of a statue of the Greek goddess Nike alongside an American soldier, sailor, and marine from WWI. It was dedicated in 1938, on the eve of WWII.

    The WW II Memorial was dedicated in 1999 for the approximately 6,000 Washington residents who gave their lives in the war.

    The Medal of Honor Memorial commemorates the Washington residents who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic wartime accomplishments.

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a smaller version of the national Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC, honoring the 1,116 Washingtonians killed or missing in the war.

    The Korean Memorial War honors the 122,000 Washingtonian who served in Korea, along with the 532 who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Free tours of the Capitol buildings and grounds

    by Confucius Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    Winged Victory honors WW1 veterans from Washington

    Free 45-minute tours of the Capitol buildings and grounds are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the hour, seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. The tour guides can provide plenty of insight into Washington state history.
    What you will see during the tour are architectural highlights and also hear some anecdotes about life at the state capital, including the fact that wild deer still sometimes nibble on garden flora next to the parking lot.
    The big chandelier that hangs in the rotunda of the Capitol dome was designed by Louis Tiffany himself. Another highlight is rubbing the shiny nose of George Washington's bronze bust. There are some other trivial tidbits about Italian marble and an old piano but I toured with a Chinese delegation that couldn't stop talking about the beauty of Governor Gary Locke's wife during the guide's narration. (Souvenir photos of the "first family" were given away at the beginning of the tour.*)

    * Gary Locke was the first Chinese-American governor in the United States and served two terms from 1997 until 2005.

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    Washington State Capitol : the dome

    by mike-tango Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Interior of the dome

    Impressive !!!

    The ceiling of the interior dome rises 53 meters above the rotunda floor. Hanging from a 30- meter chain is an ornate 5-ton bronze chandelier containing over 200 light bulbs. This is the largest chandelier ever created by the artists of the Tiffan studios in New York. It traveled west by train and was assembled and installed in the rotunda during the final stages of construction.

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    Washington State Capitol : the House Chamber

    by mike-tango Written Sep 18, 2005
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    Interesting to have a look on the House Chamber !
    The 98 state representatives are elected for a 2-year term. The membership selects a leader of the majority party to be the Speaker of the House who sits on the rostrum and facilitates legislative proceedings. On the wall above the rostrum is a reader board listing the daily business, and an electronic tally of votes.
    The marble lining the chamber is French Escalette and the desk are constructed of walnut. Into the carpet are large representations of the Pacific Rhododendron, the Whashington State flower. The name of the 39 state counties are on the walls surrounding the chamber.

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    Washington State Capitol : the Senate Chamber

    by mike-tango Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    You can have an interesting look at the Senate Chamber.
    The 49 senators serve staggered four-year terms. Business in this chamber is conducted in a more traditional manner, without the aid of an electronic voting machine. The Lieutenant Governor, elected by the public every four years, presides over the Senate and is seated at the front of the chamber, on the rostrum.

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    Washington State Capitol

    by mike-tango Written Sep 17, 2005
    The capitol dome

    The Washington State's Capitol is situated on a hill overlooking Capitol Lake in Olympia.
    It has been designed by the architects Wilder and White from New York. Its was completed in 1928. Its brick and sandstone white dome rises 84.5 meters to the top of the cupola.

    The visit is free.

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    Lake Fair

    by dragoness86 Written Mar 26, 2005

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    During the month of July the city of Olympia hosts a huge parade and fair that is called Lake Fair. The parade is full of floats from different groups around the city and state, and will also feature marching bands and the Lake Fair Queen and Princesses. This is one of the most exciting things that happen in Olympia, and the fair food is always great!

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    Washington State Capitol

    by Astrobuck Updated Oct 2, 2004

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    This is the only good picture I could find of the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia. Due to the grounds being kind of small, I was unable to get a really good picture of it, so I had to improvise with the dome and front of the building.

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  • Olympia Farmers Market

    by histrionia62 Written Jul 14, 2004

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    Olympia Farmers Market

    Incredible produce, especially the greens and berries. It is an inspiration to every cook to stroll through the shady market. Parking can be a bit of a hassle, but the market itself has never been unpleasantly crowded when I have been there.

    "Live entertainment ~ Good Food ~ Produce and plants ~ Arts & Crafts"

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