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The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Thurston County on January 12, 1852. It is named in honor of Samuel R. Thurston who was Oregon Territory’s first Delegate to Congress, famous for his speech to Congress supporting the admission of California to the Union in 1849. The State Capital, Olympia, is located in Thurston County.
There are 4,479 names listed on the census.
Database: 1887 Thurston County Census. ONLINE. 2009. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed by Historical Records Project Volunteers: Nancy Hughes, Richland, WA; Carl Seaburg, Lacey, WA; Denise Butler, Dorothee Laval, Quebec; Roger Easton, Olympia, WA. Final Proofreading by Joyce Ogden, Olympia, WA and Julie Nelson, Snohomish, WA.
Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.
Source: Washington Territorial county census microfilm [microform]. Olympia: Washington State Library,  35 microfilm reels; 35 mm.http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~2/o52401955?For
Original census held by Washington State Archives Southwest Branch.