The Sanborn overlays: Olympia in 1908

Notable developments between 1891 and 1908 included the completion of the Old State Capitol building overlooking Sylvester Park and the establishment of an electric trolley system that went along Fourth Avenue and Main Street (now Capitol Way). Elaborate Eastside homes such as the Funk, William White, and Patnude houses were built in this time frame as well. And the onset of the automobile era was the final impetus for the paving of Olympia’s main streets. But the shorelines (outlined in blue) remained approximately as they had been late in the 19th century: the huge Carlyon Fill was still 5 years away. 

These overlays consist of many individual layers, which you can turn on or off by clicking on the layer icon (), as well as setting opacity levels for each layer (use right arrow in the layer menu). There is also a layer that contains color-coded dots with links to historical features (see instruction page for more information on this feature). We recommend you start with the overview layer, then click on various layers as desired. 

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Story map created and copyright 2014 by J. Brian Hovis. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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