Location: 1501 Capitol Way S

bethel groceryClarence Bethel Grocery, 1914, Robert Esterly photo, Courtesy of Washington State Historical Society 1501 Capitollocation today (2012), photo by Deborah Ross

In 1914, Tumwater resident and photographer Robert Esterly took photographs of many of the businesses in Olympia. They provide a snapshot of a city in transition, when most citizens were able to shop for their groceries either at nearby stores or have them delivered. The Clarence Bethel Grocery was located here, adjacent to what is now Capitol Campus, and still existed in the late 1930s after the campus was developed. Eventually, though, it succumbed to the development of one of the many office buildings that house organizations and lobbyists doing business in the capital.

More information:

Washington  State Historical  Society photographs, enter the following catalog number in collection search box: 2010.149.3.1 (above photograph); C1964. (unscanned photo circa 1939)

For more information on Clarence Bethel, see the Residents section of this website

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