Throughout 2023 we’ll be exploring the origins of area place names. Trosper Road in Tumwater was named for the Trosper family. The John Samuel and Mary (Conger) Trosper family, pictured here, arrived here from Kansas in 1892. Along with other area residents, they built the first county dirt and gravel road between Tumwater and Black Lake. Their descendants continue to reside on the remaining homestead property. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross, with assistance from Don Trosper, on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, olympiahistory.org.
Photo Courtesy Don Trosper