WELCOME TO MOUNT RAINIER
The Great Peak itself; Mount Rainier looms 14,408 feet, or three miles above the tidewater; two miles of this towering height being above the timber line and perpetually snow-covered. The wonderful fairyland parks; Paradise, Indian Henry’s, Van Trump and a dozen others were once glacier-covered, but are now literally carpeted with beautiful mountain flowers. They are hedged around and dotted here and there with young fir, cedar, and other trees. No effort of man has ever accomplished anything approaching the appealing beauty of these natural mountain parks. (Rainier National Park Brochure, Stanley Bell PTG Co. Tacoma, 1920s)
One of the handsome and comfortable hostelries of Uncle Sam’s national parks, Paradise Inn occupies a spot of unique beauty and interest, commanding on one side great slopes of flowering meadow plants and on the other side the majestic shoulders of Mount Rainier.
The forests few deciduous trees, but are remarkable for the variety and beauty of their conifers. The dense evergreen forests characteristic of the lower western slopes of the Cascades extend into the park in the valleys of the main and West Fork of White River, the Carbon, the Mowich, the Nisqually, and the Ohanapecosh. (Mount Rainier National Park Brochure, Department of the Interior, 1920)
WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK
Simply put, this mountain dominates all of its surroundings. The enormity of its scale takes your breath away, and its awe-inspiring presence is beyond description. Put Rainier on your bucket list as a must-see destination.
SCENIC HWYS ILLUSTRATIONS
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: ROAD TO PARADISE
Beginning in 1903, Eugene Ricksecker’s fieldwork resulted in uniquely engineered roads within Mount Rainier National Park. His challenge included highlighting the scenery while preserving an easy grade for automobiles. He designed the “Road to Paradise” to keep tourists “in a keen state of expectancy,” where new visual pleasures would emerge at every turn. Mount Rainier was the first park to admit autos in 1907 and by 1912 they reached all the way to Paradise on Ricksecker’s road.
Posters are available with fade resistant, UV treated inks on stiff coated paper. They also include a matte UV finish that reduces glare. At 14″ x 22″ it is the perfect size for display.
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