“Captain” Woodbury J Doane was a well-known figure in early Olympia. He owned Doane’s Oyster House near the corner of 5th Avenue and Washington Street. Here he served up his famous pan-roasted oysters. Some say the allure of Doane’s oysters contributed to Olympia’s remaining the capital after Washington became a state in 1889. Image selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. More information is available at olympiahistory.org. 

Charcoal portrait, around 1880, courtesy Washington State Historical Society, State Capital Museum collection