The City of Yelm has come a long way from humble beginnings originally inhabited by the local Nisqually Indian Tribe into a hub for Washington's Southeast Thurston County & southwest Pierce County residents & businesses, as well as the city many pass in their daily commutes to the State capitol in Olympia or Joint-Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma.
Yelm is also known as the gateway to Mt. Rainier. Yelm and Mt. Rainier have always had a close relationship. The headwaters of the Nisqually River flow through Yelm enroute to Puget Sound. Former Yelm teacher Fay Fuller was the first woman to ever to ascend to the peak of one of the tallest mountains in the continental United States.
Gig Harbor is one of several cities and towns that claim to be "the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". It is located on Gig Harbor Bay in Puget Sound across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. Due to its close access to several state and city parks, and historic waterfront that includes boutiques and fine dining, it has become a popular tourist destination.
Today, Yelm is mostly a bedroom community for families who are employed in Olympia, Tacoma or Centralia, attracting a large number of military personnel within close proximity to JBLM . Yelm is also adjacent Ramtha's School of Enlightenment which draws thousands of students to the area from around the world for events throughout the year.
Yelm boasts a population of over 7,000 people within the city limits and serves as the commercial center for thousands more that live in the pristine, surrounding rural areas. The word "Yelm" was born from the Coast Salish Native American language word "shelm", which means "land of the dancing spirits", from the shimmering mirage from heat rising from the Summer Prairie floor.
And within this quaint little prairie town sits Studio 703 West, which has provided graphical services for this community for almost 20 years.
Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America. The city was named from the Wilkes Expedition in which the crew entered the harbor in a longboat called a "captain's gig". These three fisherman rowed from British Columbia to Gig Harbor and decided to stay.