A snowy afternoon in Tumwater, probably in the 1940s. The photographer was standing to the east of the brewery, looking over the Carlyon (totem pole) bridge in the foreground. To the left is the malt tower and its well-known clock. The little Methodist church on 2nd Avenue appears in the top right corner.
Seattle held a grand Workhorse Parade on July 4, 1910, and the Olympia Beer team won a prize in the parade. In the early 1900s, workhorse parades were a staple in many cities. Even though automobiles and trucks had been around for a few years, horses still did the bulk of the transportation work. The Seattle parade was originally scheduled to be held on Memorial Day, but war veterans protested. They denounced the parade as “an ungrateful interference with the honored observance” of Memorial Day. So the date was changed to the Fourth of July, and many area teamsters participated.
Did you know that Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day, and was intended as a time to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers? While celebrated in many locations, the movement started to gain national momentum after the Civil War. The federal government finally declared “Memorial Day” as the official name for the holiday in 1967.