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Look Up, Olympia! A Walking Tour of Olympia, Washington


a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com


by Doug Gelbert


published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords


Copyright 2012 by Cruden Bay Books


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When Olympia was founded in 1848 it was still part of the vast Oregon Territory. Edmund Sylvester, who had grown up working the impossibly rich fishing grounds off Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Levi Lathrop Smith, a Presbyterian divinity student, each claimed a 320-acre land grant from the Oregon Provisional Government around the southern shores of Puget Sound. The two struck a pact that should either die, the survivor would gain the whole of Smither, which they christened their property from a mingling of surnames. It did not take long for the morbid pact to play out as Smith suffered an epileptic seizure while piloting a canoe and drowned.

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