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Tumwater’s 150th Anniversary
Tumwater is a growing city with a rich history, a small town feel, founded with a pioneering spirit, and based in equality.
As the oldest American settlement on Puget Sound, members of the Bush-Simmons party cut a wagon trail that became the northern branch of the Oregon Trail, arriving in 1845 at Tumwater Falls.
Originally called New Market by American settlers, area soon became known as “Tumwater,” derived from a Chinook jargon word for waterfall. Following the establishment of a post office in 1863, Tumwater was incorporated as a town on November 25, 1869.
Since its incorporation, the city has grown into a vital and diverse community with thriving neighborhoods, commerce, government, and manufacturing.
2019 marks Tumwater’s 150th anniversary of the city’s incorporation, and a wide range of year-long events and projects are planned to commemorate this Sesquicentennial year.
Celebrate 150 years of Tumwater all year long!