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"Washington's First Community"

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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.



Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Tumwater is approximately 12,130 (1997), 17371 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,463 (1990), 7566 (2010).
The amount of land area in Tumwater is 24.987 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.227 sq kilometers.
The distance from Tumwater to Washington DC is 2489 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 4 miles. (as the crow flies)
Tumwater is positioned 46.99 degrees north of the equator and 122.91 degrees west of the prime meridian.


on Southern Puget Sound, just south of Olympia.
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History & History Related Items

A history page for Tumwater. The community became known as Tumwater (from the Indian for "tumbling waters") in 1847. Tumwater is Washington's First Community, incorporating on November 25, 1869.

Historic District page with pictures.

Tumwater, WA was established around 1844-45 or so by George W.Bush, an African-American man. His son was William Owen Bush. He went on to be one of the first legislators in the 1889 Legislature of Washington.
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The incorporation of Tumwater

November 25, 1869


The Old Town Center
"Washington Outdoors"
A photographic exploration of the outdoors in western Washington including the Olympic Mountains, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, and Mt St Helens.
Local Art
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Tumwater City Government

City of Tumwater
555 Israel Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-6415
Phone: (360) 754-5855
Fax: (360) 754-4126

Tumwater has a Mayor-Council form of government

Parks and Recreation Department

Tumwater Chamber

Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce
5304 Littlerock Rd SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 357-5153
FAX: (360) 786-1685

Tumwater Community Events

An Annual Event each December 2000, December 9
St. Nicholas Faire
Place: 8126 Normandy Street, East Olympia
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sponsored by: Olympia Waldorf School
The annual St. Nicholas Faire at Olympia Waldorf School is located at 8126 Normandy Street, East Olympia (493-0906) Saturday, December 9th from 11:00am-5:00pm There truly is no other event like this in the area
Come one, come all to an absolutely delightful afternoon and discover all that lies within. We have the Wishing Pond where each child and adult lights their spirit for others to see. The Cookie Kingdom is where the love surrounds in many shapes and forms. The Elves' workshop is where creativity abounds for all ages. Off in a snuggly corner the Root Children Playhouse is where toddlers go for gentle nourishment to continue on their adventure. The Echo House Activities are invigorating as we bundle up for the cold to experience candle making, music and juggling to tickle the soul. And then there is the magical Pocket Lady who swirls and twirls and opens in delight to let a child enter to find a small treasure that is just right! The silk Marionette shows take you to an enchanting place. The Holiday Café is the place to be for adults and children. Come and enjoy the hearty soup and homemade desserts or simply grab some freshly-baked gingerbread. Among all the good food and company, the music sets the festive mood. And then there is the incredible variety at our Holiday Gift Shoppe, located in the middle school wing. Local artisans display their creations for you to browse and pick the just right gift. Be prepared to buy special and wonderful items. Come and take your chances at our raffle and stay to wrap yourself up in our community spirit from 4:30-5:00pm with caroling. (We might even go longer than 5:00 if the spirit is willing)
This event costs $ 2.00 (adults) and $ 1.00 (children) at the front door and then you are invited to fill your pockets with tickets for .50 each to let you enter some activities.

Tumwater Organizations

Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce
5304 Littlerock Rd SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 357-5153
FAX: (360) 786-1685

Tumwater Libraries

Aberdeen Timberland Library 121 East Market Street Aberdeen,  WA  98520-5292 360-533-2360
Amanda Park Timberland Library 6130 U.S. Highway 101 P.O. Drawer 89 Amanda Park,  WA  98526-0089 360-288-2725
Centralia Timberland Library 110 S. Silver Street Centralia,  WA  98531-4218 360-736-0183
Chehalis Timberland Library (Vernetta Smith Library) 400 N. Market Boulevard P.O. Box 419 Chehalis,  WA  98532-0419 360-748-3301

Tumwater Schools

In the Tumwater School District
Tumwater High School
700 Israel Rd
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 709-7600
Fax: (360) 709-7602
Tumwater participates in the Rivers League
Colors are Green and White
The Mascot is the Thunderbirds

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