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.”
The Snow Hotel, built in 1912, was part of Eatonville’s Mashell Ave. for many years (in the lot next to Key Bank). Here is a shot of Mr. C. C. Snow behind the desk. It’s August 8, but I can’t make out the year.
For more information about the hotel just click HERE.
Took this picture of a picture at a recent South Pierce County Historical Society meeting. It’s a panorama shot of Eatonville in the early 1900s. Feel free to zoom in and take look. It’s a wonderful view of the town.
The old-timers might remember the town of National, a logging town up the line. There isn’t much left not except for some photos.
Randy Stewart also came across some tokens from the town. Both are from C.C. Ketchum tokens.
Token with the hole in the center was popular in the late 1800s.
Now I’m not sure (I’m taking this off the internet on a forum about tokens) but the token with the hole in it was possibly used for gambling.
“I have read posts [*] that also say they were used in slot or game of chance machines. You would put in a U.S. nickel and the machine would pay out in trade tokens to get around the gambling laws. The numbers are supposed to have linked the tokens to a certain machine.”
Another man said, “I’ve heard that those were used in slot machines in bars. To get around the gambling prohibition, the machine would pay out in those tokens, which were supposedly redeemable only for merchandise. Unofficially, the bartender would give cash for them if he knew you well enough.”
All I know is that these coins were used at National, probably by a bunch of loggers like these.
Pictured is the Tacoma Eastern locomotive #10 near Drawbar Summit, not far from Mineral, Wash. The date is unknown, but the photographer was A.D. Browning and the photo is part of the Tacoma Library Collection.
What seems almost impossible to imagine is that the tree Ernest is standing in front of was sawed down with a two man crosscut saw. If you look closely you can see the saw still in the tree at the top.
If you’re curious, check out this video Chainsaw vs. Crosscut saw. I apologize for the quality, but it’s demonstrates that the saw and two men could get the job done.