Tumwater Falls

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Tumwater Falls of the Deschutes River, Tumwater, Washington.
Lower Tumwater Falls
Upper Tumwater Falls

Tumwater Falls are a series of cascades on the Deschutes River in Tumwater, Washington, United States, near where the river empties into Budd Inlet, a southerly arm of Puget Sound in Olympia.


Tumwater Falls was the site of New Market, the first European settlement in Western Washington. It was also the site of the now-defunct Olympia Brewing Company.

The Tumwater Falls created an impassable barrier to salmon until 1952, when a fish ladder was built by the Washington Department of Fisheries (now the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife), to provide salmon access to the newly constructed fish hatchery located immediately above the falls. Prior to the 1952 hatchery operations, the Deschutes river above the Tumwater Falls was a river system free of the influence of migrating and spawning salmon, an unusual ecological occurrence in the riparian systems of Puget Sound.

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Tumwater was settled by the first AMERICANS --- The first Caucasians were British of the Hudson's Bay Company


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Coordinates: 47°00′53″N 122°54′17″W / 47.0147°N 122.9046°W / 47.0147; -122.9046