You've made it to the Capital City. You've toured the State Capitol. You meandered along the Tumwater Falls at Brewery Park, and that water is leading you to the southern most tip of the Puget Sound. Get ready for epic views and fresh sea air. You've reached the Port of Olympia where there's so much to see and do!
Historical Facts About the Port of Olympia
The Squaxin Island Tribe's habitation of what is now Olympia spans thousands of years. The ancestral families who lived and thrived here named it Steh-Chass and occupied prosperous villages along its shores. Archeological findings of ancestral artifacts in the area suggest habitation by Squaxin ancestors since the retreat of the glaciers during the last Ice Age. The Port honors and acknowledges the indigenous people who have stewarded this land since time immemorial and who still inhabit the area today
Washington State has many deep harbors and navigable rivers, and as towns sprung up throughout the state in the mid to late 1800s, they were dependent on access to water for movement of goods and people.
In 1922, the Port of Olympia was formed, dominated heavily by the lumber trade. It modernized and diversified in the 1960s and 70s, expanding into air transportation and new business tenants. Today, the Port currently owns and operates an international shipping terminal, a marina and boatworks, a regional airport, and a real estate division.