Various landmarks in and near Olympia Washington, in Thurston County Washington, United States. Temple of Justice building (seen in brick as originally constructed). A man walking outside the home of the first Governor of Washington, Isaac Stevens, located on Capitol Way and Eleventh Street in Olympia Washington, and originally constructed around 1856. The home is in a dilapidated state and partially boarded up. View of the exterior of the Washington State Governor's Mansion in Olympia. A wooden wagon frame parked on the lawn. A car leaving from the covered portico on the driveway at the executive mansion. Scene changes to dock at Hood Canal as passengers board the S.S. Potlatch ferry steam ship. Views from the S.S. Potlatch underway in Hood Canal. A man looks over the edge of the tour ship. Wooded shoreline along areas of Hood Canal. Women and children on the deck of the ship. The ship stops at dock at Brinnon to offload passengers, and then continue on. The ship stops at Seabeck summer resort area. View from behind a young girl on the ship as it docks at Seabeck and people on dock greet the ship.
Aftermath of the explosion that occurred at the H.J. Denn Powder Company in Olympia, Washington. Search and rescue party scavenge the wreckage of the destroyed factory.
The American Unknown soldier of World War I before burial in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Remains of America's unknown hero sails aboard the USS Olympia (C-6) for America. A caisson carriage arrives at a harbor in France bearing the casket on October 25, 1921. Large crowd of soldiers and dignitaries present. France decorates the Unknown Hero as French officer reads citation for Legion of Honor medal. Officers crowd around the coffin. The ship USS Olympia (C-6) in the background. Sailors carry the coffin of the Unknown Soldier aboard the ship. French soldiers lay a wreath on the coffin. USS Olympia leaves the harbor. Next scene shows USS Olympia arriving in the United States at the Washington Navy Yard on November 9, 1921. Soldiers carry the casket off the ship. Unknown Soldier being received by U.S. Secretary of War John W. Weeks, U.S. Secretary of Navy Edwin Denby, U.S. Army General John J. Pershing, Commander of the U.S. Marines Major General John A. Lejeune. They salute as sailors carry the body past the military band. The flag draped casket is borne to the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. A horse drawn caisson takes the body as officers and soldiers follow.
Panorama of business district Tacoma in Washington, United States. Aerial view of buildings. A drawbridge. Ships at anchor. Pacific Avenue, the main business artery of Tacoma. Horse-drawn vans and pedestrian traffic. Several parks and open spaces in the city. Residential areas in the city. Point Defiance Park. Exterior of several buildings. Men walking in parks and towards the buildings. Complete change of scene, from Tacoma, to views of the first Thurston County Courthouse, in Olympia, Washington, where the State Legislature met in a new East Wing, from 1905 to 1927. (Aka the old Capitol).
William Greenwood builds 'Noah's Ark' at Olympia in Washington. William Greenwood builds his boat. Birds and animals near the boat. He believes that the world will come to an end in 1932 because of a tidal wave.
The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Alaska Flight of 1934 departing Fairbanks Alaska on flight back to Washington, DC. Their YB-10 aircraft are seen in a line on the airfield. Spectators are at the edge of the field to see them off. Next, the aircraft are seen taxiing out for takeoff, with their Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, piloting the lead aircraft, the "City of Fairbanks." Other aircraft follow in succession. Colonel Arnold's airplane takes off and proceeds in a shallow climb. Slate tells first leg is 640 miles to Juneau in 3 hours and 55 minutes. Map shows North America with outbound course to Alaska from Washington, DC, traversing the Great Lakes, Edmonton, Prince George, and White Horse, to Fairbanks. But a moving arrow shows return route via Juneau. Snow-covered mountains seen from a YB-10 on this return leg. Aerial shots of several YB-10s in formation. Slate announces next leg as 940 miles and 5 hours and 40 minutes to Seattle, Washington State. Aircraft and crews of the returning Alaska Flight, seen on a grass field in Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold, expedition commander, leads his fliers across the field. Slate states remaining distance to Washington, DC, as 2700 miles and 14 hours. More shots of YB-10s in formation aloft. Shot of a YB-10 with farmland below. Ten YB-10s seen in formation, and the animated map completes the journey to Washington, DC. Aerial view from above of several YB-10s below, flying over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, with the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington Memorial bridge visible below. The formation of 10 planes barely visible above the Capitol building. The YB-10 named Juneau, taxiing across Bolling Field, after landing. (This segment of film is reversed, so the name and Alaska Flight logo are mirror-reversed.) The last of the 10 aircraft pulls into position on the flightline. Lieutenant Colonel Henry (Hap) Arnold stands in front of his fliers who hold a large totem pole souvenir. Secretary of War, George H. Dern, greets the returning aviators and poses next to Colonel Arnold.