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The July 27, 2005 front page of
|Owner(s)||The McClatchy Company|
|Headquarters||111 Bethel St., N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
41,677 Sunday 
The Olympian started in 1860 as The Washington Standard, a weekly paper. It was founded by John Miller Murphy, and its first issue was released on 17 November 1860. The paper became The Daily Olympian in February, 1889 when it began publishing daily. Many people in Olympia still refer to The Olympian by its former name, or as "The Daily O."
The Daily Olympian and another Olympia newspaper, The Daily Recorder, merged in 1828. The Daily Olympian moved from its original home, on Legion Way and Washington Street, to the Capitol Press Building at the corner of Capitol Way and State Avenue.
The Gannett Company purchased The Daily Olympian in 1971 and shortened its name to The Olympian in 1982. The Olympian moved to its current location at 111 Bethel Street in 1972. 
In September 2005, The Olympian was traded by Gannett Company, Inc., along with the Bellingham and Boise newspapers, to Knight Ridder in exchange for the Tallahassee Democrat. Nine months later, Knight Ridder was purchased by The McClatchy Company.
The Olympian now shares much of its operations — including printing — with The News Tribune, a McClatchy newspaper located in Tacoma. However, the newspaper's editor and reporters still work out of the Olympia office on Bethel Street.
In June 2017, The Olympian announced that it would move to an office in downtown Olympia, on the corner of Legion Way and Franklin Street. The building on Bethel Street will soon be occupied by the Olympia School District.