Hiking at Mountain — in dresses


Marie Lutkins Drussel (in white hat) with friends on a Mt. Rainier glacier
Marie Lutkens Drussel (in white hat) with friends on a Mt. Rainier glacier

Who says you need fancy hiking gear for climbing around on glaciers. These women were doing it wearing dresses and carrying nothing more than walking sticks around 1910.

The woman in the white hat is Marie Lutkens Drussel. Her dad Henry Lutkens, an original settler in Elbe, who helped build the Lutkens Hotel with Chas. Lutkens in 1894.

The hotel was a log building with an enormous porch that ran the length of the building and tourists could relax and watch the Nisqually River flow by.

Henry Lutkens, was quite the fisherman and kept the hotel well stocked in trout from the Nisqually.

Lutkens Hotel, built in 1894
Lutkens Hotel, built in 1894

Photos courtesy of the Eatonville Historical Society.

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