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County Information

Thurston County was created out of Lewis County by the government of Oregon Territory on January 12, 1852. At that time, it covered all of the Puget Sound region and the Olympic Peninsula. On December 22 of the same year, Pierce, King, Island, and Jefferson Counties were split off from Thurston County. The county was named after Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory's first delegate to Congress.

Towns, Cities and Census-Designated Places
* Bucoda * Grand Mound * Lacey * Nisqually Indian Community * North Yelm * Olympia
* Rainier * Rochester * Tanglewilde-Thompson Place * Tenino * Tumwater * Yelm

Other Communities
* Boston Harbor * Driftwood * East Olympia * Five Corners * Gate * Griffin
* Indian Summer * Kellys Corner * Lake Lawrence * Littlerock * Maytown * Mushroom Corner
* Offutt Lake * Saint Clair * Schneiders Prairie * South Bay * South Sound * Steamboat Island
* Union Mills * Vail

Ghost Towns
* Tono

Online Data

Church Histories / Records

Death Records

Family Bibles


Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

December 2015:

Community news: Gate (1926, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1940)

Crime news added: Furlong charged (1926)

Marriages added: Furlong-Merrill (1926)

Obituaries added: Estella Trysler, John Trysler

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Adjacent Counties
* Pierce County - northeast
Lewis County - south
Grays Harbor County - west
Mason County - northwest

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