Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Puget Sound and Alaska [1917]

Looking back 100 years with our collection ...

Northern Pacific Railroad's
Puget Sound and Alaska
Printed in 1917

[Click on any image to enlarge]

Entrance to Rainier National Park, Washington
The wooden arch in this photo is no longer in existence.
However, a similar one built in 1922, and rebuilt in 1973 is
near the Nisqually entrance.
Technical note regarding color:  The photos in the brochure are entirely black and white. However, the framing around the pages and the artwork on most pages is a light tan color properly reproduced in the two images above and the one below. After that, the scanner sometimes reproduced the entire page in black and white despite the colors. There is a setting in the scanner to force color, but as you can see, it was not selected. Since we're not an "official museum" site we decided to let it go this time.

The Mountain Lily
A Peculiar Example of the
Rainier National Park Flora

Snoqualmie River
Near Seattle

Mt Rainier from Tacoma
 "In the year 1792, Captain George Vancouver, of the British Admiralty, thoroughly explored the waters of Puget Sound and named the islands therein and the adjoining headlands, bays, points, and mountains. Although by the treaty of 1846 this region -- most of it-- became undisputed United States territory, to this day nearly all of Vancouver's names are accepted as the proper ones, so well and accurately did he do his work. … In attaching names to the points of this region Vancouver well remembered his friends. Puget's Sound was so named after one of his Lieutenants, Peter Puget, and Mount Baker after another. Hood's Canal, a long, narrow, rather sinuous arm leading southwestward from near the head of Admiralty Inlet, was named in honor of Lord Hood, as was also Mount Hood in Oregon. Whidbey's Island was also named for one of his officers, and Mount Rainier was so called after Rear Admiral Rainier of the English navy." Copied from this brochure!
Giant Forest Trees
"Towering to the Skies"
 "Although there is some disagreement as to when a mature forest becomes an old-growth forest, an age of 250 to 350 years is often cited. Many factors, including soil conditions and other site qualities, determine the age at which a forest will take on the structural qualities of true old-growth. In Mount Rainier National Park, the vast majority of the forest easily falls into this old-growth category with some stands estimated to be 1,000 years old." ... National Park Service website.

Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Olympic Range
Puget Sound
As Seen from Seattle and Tacoma

Party Ascending Mt Rainier in 1894

When the Smith Tower was the tallest building
west of the Mississippi River
Our post on Seattle's Smith Tower, published February 9, 2015, can be found here.  "Smith Tower is a skyscraper in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington. Completed in 1914, the 38-story, 484 ft (148 m) tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city and was the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River until the Kansas City Power & Light Building was built in 1931. It remained the tallest building on the West Coast until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962." Wikipedia

(Map dated 11-12-'14)

Alaskan Mountains in the Vicinity of Wrangell Narrows

Mt Baker from Victoria, British Columbia

Picturesque Inner Harbor at Victoria, British Columbia

Center Map in One Image
(Map dated 3-17-'16)

Left side of Center Map
Western Portion of Transcontinental Line
(Chicago to Seattle)

Right side of Center Map
Eastern Portion of Transcontinental Line
(Chicago to Seattle)

Christine Fall
Rainier National Park

On the Washington Coast
Below Cape Flattery

Columbia's Crest, The Extreme Summit of Mt. Rainier

Lake Crescent in the Olympic Range 

Lake Kachess in the Cascade Range

The Stadium, Tacoma
Capacity, 30,000 - 40,000 Persons

(Map dated 11-12-'14)

Climbers confronting Glaciers

"New" Paradise Inn
Camp of the Clouds
Rainier National Park

Sunset on Puget Sound
(Compare this view to some of our recent
sunset pics.)

Snoqualmie Falls

Nisqually Glacier
Recent information about Mt Rainier Glaciers can be found here.
Muir Glacier, Alaska
"Inexpressibly Grand and Awful"

Map of Alaska and Routhes Thereto
From North Coast Points
(Map dated 3-18-'16)

List of Agents
US and Canada

Back Cover

Code printed on last page shows
number of copies printed and date.
Please excuse us ... our curiosity often leads us to research current information on some of these classic old places. And here we go again ... Does climbing Mt Rainier hold any interest to you? If yes, thanks to YouTube, we can get an idea of what it's like ... and, no, this isn't John doing the climbing! :-) [The video, published by h brownton, on July 10, 2015, is about 25 minutes in length.]

Closing thought ...
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
     Mark Twain


  1. John, you have an absolute treasure trove of history! I always enjoy seeing your postcard collection and reading about the history. I hope you had a great Christmas!

  2. John, thank you so much! It is intersting and very old. The Washington coast seems to be very rocky. No sand beach :-) Greetings from me.

  3. Neat video but I think I stick to my morning walk. : )
    Ken thanks you for the kind words!

  4. I looked at all the pictures and read much of the text. Fascinating! The scenery hasn't changed much, but I did wonder about that one picture that showed climbers confronting glaciers. Wonder what those same ones look like today. Thanks, John! :-)

  5. Fascinating pictures.I like some of the old black and white shots.No,I really am past the point of climbing a mountain.LOL

  6. Hello, what an awesome collection. it is nest seeing these old photos. The video is great too. Love the quote! Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead. I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New year!

  7. Ha! I like the Mark Twain quote you chose to end with. Enjoyed the brochure as well. You always find so much interesting history. Thank you for sharing, and have a very happy New Year!

  8. That is such an amazing collection! Wishing you a lovely new year.

  9. Wow, 1917!! That's amazing and a wonderful collection. Have a Happy New Year!

  10. i am AMAZED with your MARVELOUS POST John !!!

    i ponder over each but loved the lake view most it is magical 1
    your love for history and wisdom for life is worth considering to me .
    i am happy to have you as friend in this beautiful blogging world .take great care.
    have a wonderful and HAPPY new year with your precious family !

  11. My husband has an aunt who turns 105 this month - January 2017. This was her world (except she lived all her life in a city in "downstate" New York) - she would have been entering kindergarten. Thank you for sharing and, again, happy new year! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com


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