Merle Junk photograph, December 1949, Susan Parish Collection, Washington State Archives

This photograph from December 1949 shows Capitol Lake under construction. In the foreground is the 4th Avenue Bridge, while the beginnings of the 5th Avenue Bridge and dam construction can be seen behind it. The terraced area to its right is what remained of the Percival Mansion grounds, a long-time fixture in Olympia. It succumbed to construction of the Deschutes Parkway, Capitol Lake, and the 5th Avenue bridge. Photograph selected by Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. For additional information, visit Olympiahistory.org.