Tenino briefly achieved national fame during the Great Depression. After the local bank closed, the town government temporarily issued wooden money scrip for use locally when cash was scarce. In 1888, S.W. Fenton and George VanTine located sandstone in Tenino, which began the industry that changed Tenino from a sleepy little whistle stop to a bustling town.  Sandstone quarrying was Tenino’s major industry for 30 years. Now the historic “Stone City” is proud of the rich history and close-knit community, boasting top-notch schools to year-round recreational opportunities and a beautiful historic downtown district. Tenino is a great place to be, work, and live.






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There is an abundance of things to do in the area, each place being unique. Whether you are new to the area or just looking for something new to do, we have compiled a list of resources, to give you a taste for the area. Click on the Blue Links below to learn more!


Tenino School District 
 (2 Elementary, 1 Middle School, 1 High School) 

City of Tenino 
Thurston County 
South Thurston Fire and EMS 
Tenino Police 
Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce 
Economic Development 

Boys and Girls Club 
Great Wolf Lodge
Millersylvania State Park 
Mount Rainier National Park

Nisqually Valley News 
Northwest Trek 
Offut Lake Resort 
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area 
Scatter Creek Winery
Tenino Farmers Market
Tenino Timberland Library 
Tenino Yellow Bike Project
Train Depot MuseumSandstone Distillery 
Visit Thurston County Sandstone Quarry Swimming Pool 
Wolf Haven
Yelm-Tenino Trail 


Employers in the Area
City of Tenino
Great Wolf Lodge
Red Wind Casino 
State of Washington
Tenino School District
Thurston County Employment