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About Us· history & Artifacts

On this page you can take a look back in the State Patrol's history, beginning in 1921 when six troopers first kick started their Indian motorcycles, and read our stories of days gone by as told by retirees who lived them.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) also maintains an inventory of over 700 historic artifacts and memorabilia, which are frequently displayed at fairs and other public gatherings. The items include photographs, notebooks, badges, uniforms, microphones, patches, road lanterns, publications, radar speed meters, helmets, and scrapbooks.

The artifacts are overseen by an Advisory Board of volunteers from within and outside of the agency. The items are refurbished and maintained exclusively through donations from the public, and the Patrol encourages donations of money or historical items.

If you want to donate money, please indicate that the donation is for the Washington State Patrol Historical Artifacts Inventory Fund and send your check, cashier's check, or money orders to:

Washington State Patrol
Budget and Fiscal Services
Attn: Accounts Receivable
PO Box 42602
Olympia WA 98504-2602

If you want to donate an artifact or item of historical value to the Washington State Patrol, please send the item to:

Washington State Patrol Supply Section
Attention: Historical Advisory Board
8543 Armstrong Road SW
PO Box 42625
Tumwater WA 98504-2625

Items sent to the Supply Section need to be marked "For Historical Preservation," so we may properly receive and record them. Information describing the item (for example, how and where it was used, who used it, from what era, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

For further information on the History Advisory Board, please contact Betty Stanek at (360) 596-6068, ext. 0.

I Remember When . . .


Below you will find a collection of stories about the early days of the Washington State Patrol and the personal experiences of retired troopers who remember what life was like patrolling the roads and highways of Washington during those bygone days.

Old photo of WSP Officer

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