03 February 2010
Olympia Harbor in 1856
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Washington did not become a state until 1889. Washington was the 42nd state to become part of the United States.
In 1856, over 30 years prior to Washington becoming a state, the landscape around Olympia was very different than it is today, in 2010.
I imagine that the environment was much healthier back then, with great flocks of wild birds, and a bounteous feast accessible for harvest from the waters of the Salish Sea.