The area began to be served by a small fleet of steamboats known as the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.
In 1896, Olympia became the home of the Olympia Brewing Company, which brewed Olympia Beer until 2003.
With a period of record dating back to 1948, extreme temperatures have ranged from −8 °F (−22 °C) on January 1, 1979, up to 104 °F (40 °C), most recently on July 29, 2009; the record cold daily maximum is 18 °F (−8 °C) on January 31, 1950, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 69 °F (21 °C) on July 22, 2006.
In 1967, the state legislature approved the creation of The Evergreen State College in Olympia.
Since 1984, Olympia has also been home to the South Puget Sound Community College.
In 1850, the town settled on the name Olympia, at the suggestion of local resident Colonel Isaac N.
Ebey, due to its view of the Olympic Mountains to the Northwest.
Olympia is located 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington, and falls within the borders of the Seattle CSA.
The site of Olympia has been home to Lushootseed-speaking peoples for thousands of years, including Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, and Duwamish.City streets, creeks, and rivers often flood during the months of November through February.The normal monthly mean temperature ranges from 38.4 °F (3.6 °C) in December to 64.1 °F (17.8 °C) in August.Early settlers in Swantown and Tumwater used artesian springs for their main water supply.The artesian spring at Fourth Avenue and Main Street (now called Capitol Way) was the main community well where settlers gathered to socialize.Percival Landing Park includes 0.9 miles (1.4 km) of boardwalk along Budd Inlet, as well as a playground, picnic areas, and a large open space.