Olympia, Washington, is a coastal city at the southernmost reach of Puget Sound. The area around and including present-day Olympia is home to several Coastal Salish groups, which include the Duwamish, Nisqually, and Squaxin.1
Olympia had a variety of names, such as “Stu-chus-and”, “Stitchas”, and even “New Market”, though Colonel Issac Ebey is credited with suggesting the name Olympia, no doubt in reference to the mountain of the same name that looms high on the Olympic Peninsula.2
  • 1. History of Olympia, Washington, The City of Olympia.
  • 2. Lynn Middleton, Placenames of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Victoria: Elldee Publishing Company, 1969), 153.
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