Upper Nisqually Valley

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The Nisqually Valley has long been a transportation route, a source of livelihood for its residents, and a source of beauty for its visitors. Before settlement, a system of trails through the valley gave Native Americans access to rich hunting and fishing, as well as access to a larger, cross-mountain trail system and places of spiritual significance. The first settlers entered the valley in the 1860s. Not long after, the first tourist arrived in Mount Rainier. The first recorded ascent of the mountain was in 1870. Throughout the years, as more settlers arrived and the forest industries exploded, the valley welcomed an increase in trains, roads, and visitor accommodations. With the establishment of Mount Rainier National Park in 1899, tourism began supplementing the forestry industry. In the last 100 years, forestry, farming, and sightseeing have been the story of the valley and its people.
ISBN: 9780738574615
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Donald M. Johnstone, a resident of Mineral, noticed the remarkable, photographic history of the Nisqually Valley while helping local students assemble oral histories. His sources include the South Pierce County Historical Society as well as the photograph collections of several longtime valley families.
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