Road to Rainier Scenic Byway

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The Road to Rainier Scenic Byway has grown from a Native American forest trail, hundreds of years old, to a modern forest highway carrying 1.5 million travelers a year. In 1833, a European tourist first reached a glacier, and soon others followed, seeking the wonders of Mount Rainier. In 1903, the railroad reached Eatonville; and national park visitors, who started as a few thousand, became tens of thousands. With a market for timber, hundreds rushed to claim the lands. Forestry and tourism both thrived off the rich natural resources, and as the region developed, purely commercial ventures were supplemented with educational outreach. Charles L. Pack Experimental Forest, established in 1926, conducts scientific research into forest management and sustainability. Historical interpretation has become a function of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and Logging Museum. The Road to Rainier Scenic Byway continues to serve all as it heads to scenic Mount Rainier.
ISBN: 9781467129282
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Donald M. Johnstone, a Mineral resident, noticed the remarkable photographic history of the Nisqually Valley while working with local elementary students. The South Pierce County Historical Society has spent over 30 years preserving the history of the Nisqually Valley. Images have been obtained from local families and the digital collections of the University of Washington and the Tacoma Public Library.
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