|"The Olympia Paranormal Society,
Investigating the Strange, Weird, & Wonderful
that is the
While the original interest of The TOPS Team was to produce a series of fun, quick videos,
we have been called in for a few legitimate investigations. Here's our TOPS Investigation Log
The TOPS project was founded by a small group of individuals concerned that their laidback town might be a bit
lacking in weirdness. The Olympia Paranormal Society collects stories of the strange and unexplained from Olympia
and the surrounding state of Washington. If you have further information regarding these topics, or other stories we
encourage you to contribute your tales to the TOPS project. We’re looking for stories or rumors you may have
heard, your own or others’ personal experiences, and whatever other tales are worth the telling. Even an odd little
snippet of a story might just be the missing piece to a larger puzzle so send us whatever you’ve got! Try to include
as many details as you can such as the place and date, the names of people involved, news of any investigations
into the event, and how you came by the story. The goal of TOPS is to make these stories accessible to anyone
who is interested, and as our collection of tales grows we’ll post selections on the site here, and perhaps find new
and exciting ways to make these tales available.
Dedicated to and inspired by two longtime Olympians: Vi, the little girl who once ran away to join a circus and later
grew up to be the greatest ol’ lady on the block, and Bud who suspected that Bigfoot might one day be found in his
backyard. Your love of Olympia, fascination with the strange and wonderful, and your quirky sense of humor have
opened a lot of eyes and hearts. Thank you.
The capital city of Washington State grew up on the
mudflats where the Deschutes River meets the
southernmost tip of Puget Sound here in America’s Pacific Northwest.
Olympia is a small town with wide borders. There’s a lot of history
here, as well as lots of fresh ideas that circulate in from the local
colleges and the technology rich climate of Western Washington. We
have vast rainforests, majestic
mountains, and rain...we have a whole lotta rain here...rain is almost
like our state bird
Here are highlights from some of the stories collected thus far:
THE ARK MAN
In the 1920’s there was a man who busied himself by building an ark on the mudflats just north of the port of
Olympia. He was apparently inspired by some book he’d read, and as his schedule didn’t allow for holding down a
job in addition to ark building, he was a man of meager means. The local children would bring him canned fruit and
other staples. TOPS is seeking any stories relating to this Ark Man, including just what happened to him and his
ark. We’ve found no records of him shipping out, but it seems he somehow slipped away unseen.
– Sarah at OlyBlog tells us that this was Greenwood's Ark.
Thanks Sarah, and Stevenl!
In its early years a kind of shantytown developed on the vast Olympia mudflats. This little community was
constructed largely of scrap lumber and cardboard and was considered an unsightly affront to the elaborate
marble pillars of The Temple of Justice being constructed on the overlooking hill. The Deshutes River was dammed
to create Capital Lake which essentially washed away the unsightly shantytown. Who knows what happened to all
those displaced people? On a cold summer night, when the wind is just right, sometimes you can still smell the
telltale scent of "wet cardboard"
STORIES OF GREATER WASHINGTON
The modern Neo-Giants are plentiful in the Pacific Northwest, and
Washington state has more reported sightings and evidence than
anywhere else. Sightings of large hair covered man-apes ranging in
height from 6 to 11 feet tall and footprints (averaging
15" to 18" long) have been reported as long as anyone's been here. The indigenous people have several names
for the creatures, but Sasquatch and
Bigfoot are the most widely recognized names now. Cryptozoologists (those devoted to the study of fabled
creatures not yet officially classified) debate just what these elusive beings are, but popular theories have it that
our Neo-Giants may be closely related to Gigantopithecus, or Paranthropus. It’s interesting to note that all of these
prehistoric beings show a prominent sagittal crest on their skulls, a feature indicating powerful crushing jaws
common to gorillas and other primates that have never been known in North America. It’s strange than that several
stone carvings of heads featuring the same sagittal crest have been found along the Columbia River Basin dating
from 1500 ad to 500 bc. This seems an unlikely feature for a prehistoric craftsman to sculpt unless they knew
about the detail from some other source. Perhaps the sasquatch, or their close relatives were better known then?
RISE OF THE FLYING SAUCERS!
The Flying Saucer phenomena began in Washington state on June
24, 1947 -well before the Roswell, New Mexico incident of July 8,
1947. While flying his plane, Kenneth Arnold sighted 9 strange, disk
flying along the Cascade mountain range near Mount Rainier. He
reported that these objects flew in an undulating formation "like a
saucer would if you skipped it across the water" while weaving in and
out of the surrounding mountain peaks. Mr. Arnold estimated their
speed at 1,400 miles per hour. When the papers picked up the
story, the term "flying saucer" was officially coined.
Occasionally the TOPS Team will investigate a site first hand. Here's a look at our very first on-site investigation.
You can read more about this site's activities on the TOPS Investigations Log
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