We have Joe Larin (Eatonville postmaster from 1935 to 1944) outside the Eatonville Dispatch, showing off a sign Be a Deer, Don’t Litter OUR Forests. I’m going to guess this was the results of a kids’ contest, although I don’t have any information on it. It’s just that the Dispatch had lots of kid contests over the years.
Photo courtesy of the Baublits family and Joe Larin.
TheGateway Inn has been part of the local landscape for decades, located just outside the park entrance.
Here is a shot of it in the 1950s (judging by the cars). I love the signs over the doors – Steaks and Trout — and the pay phone off to the left.
The second shot, taken recently, comes off the Gateway Inn website, where the advertisement is probably similar to what printed 60 years ago. “Crackling fires, rustic cabins, and the natural wildlife awaits you at Gateway Inn, ideally situated in the majesty of Mount Rainier National Park.”
Here’s a little before and after combo. The top is the Glacier Basin Adventure in the very early 1900s, and below is the same view in 2016.
It’s hard to believe there was mining done at Mt. Rainier. “In 1948, 47 tons of ore was shipped off to Tacoma. In fact, it wasn’t until 1984 that the government purchased the last of the park’s inholdings. (The Big Fact Book of Mount Rainier)
“Originally a mining road along the Inter Fork of the White River, the route was converted into a trail when the area became a national park. Visitors ranged from climbers accessing the popular Emmons Glacier, to families strolling out of White River campground. Located in close proximity to the dynamic, glacier-fed White River, the original trail was frequently damaged by the river’s shifting course. After the floods in 2006, the park elected to build a new trail that was no longer subject to the floods.”
This shot of Clyde Williams was taken in 1971 by Joe Larin. You only have to search Clyde’s name on this blog to find out he and his family were a big piece of the community.
I’ve always liked this second shot of Clyde and Frank Van Eaton take at the Washington State Fair in 1908. The two boys look like they were less than happy to have their picture taken. And Clyde has about the same expression 60 years later.
These are the minutes of the special meeting of the historical society in 1975. It makes me kind of sad because they talk about the possibility of making the old hotel into a museum (used to sit next to the bank in the now vacant lot).
Special Meeting 6/16/75 Don [Baublits] had mailed out 130 letters. There seemed to be no interest by townspeople concerning the fate of the old Hotel.
Don explained the possibility of obtaining grants from various State and Federal agencies. Discussion on peoples’ interest in the Museum. Motion made to make no decision until we find out of the townspeople. Carried. Meeting adjourned.