Throughout 2023 we’ll be exploring the origins of area place names. Howard Point, off of East Bay Drive, is named for the Howard family. Rebecca Howard was a Black entrepreneur who operated the Pacific House downtown. She and her husband Alexander adopted a mixed-race son, Frank Howard, pictured here. Frank Howard carried on his mother’s business and later went into real estate. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross, Olympia Historical Society.
Olympia Tribune Souvenir Edition of 1891