Category Archives: Washington

Paradise River Hydroelectric Plant

During the summer of 1916, the newly formed Rainer National Park Company (RNPC) constructed a 250-horsepower hydroelectric power plant on Van Trump Creek above Christine Falls to provide electrical power for the construction of the Paradise Inn. Four years later in the summer of 1920, with business booming and an expansion of the Inn underway, the RNPC requested permission from the National Park Service (NPS) to replace its small power plant on Van Trump Creek with a larger installation near the confluence of the Paradise and Nisqually rivers.
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Layser Cave

Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest high above the Cispus River and within sight of Mount Adams, Layser Cave is one of the more significant archaeological sites in western Washington State. Found to have been inhabited for over 7,000 years and abandoned approximately 3,500 years ago when Layser Cave, as well as other shelter sites in the region, were inundated by ash and pumice generated by an eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Tenderfoot Mine & Mill

Back in the summer of 2011, while on a camping trip in Northern Washington state, I took a quick hike to the Tenderfoot Mine and Mill. The mine predates 1932 when it was re-recorded as the Gold Crown Mine by E.B. Bales and George Letson. In 1951, possibly the time period the mill was (re)built, owners Vic Byrski, Vern Anderson, and Perry Luce claimed that ore values were assayed at $12 to $93 per ton.
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