Tolmie state park was named for explorer William Fraser Tolmie (aka "Dr. Tolmie") as were many other
landmarks in the Pacific Northwest: Tolmie Peak in Mt. Rainier Nat'l park, and Mount Tolmie park, Tolmie Channel, and Tolmie Point in British Columbia.
Dr. Tolmie worked out of Fort Nisqually facilitating trade and relations with local native American people.
He was a supporter of Chief Leschi during trials related to the Puget Sound War of 1855-1856.
The park was acquired in 6 parcels; the first in 1962 and the last in 1977, for a total of $100,550.
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