Historical Background

Scope and Content

General Notes

Restrictions on Access

Acquisition Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the Our Trip to Mount Tacoma Photograph Album



PH Collection No.: 647
Title: Our Trip to Mount Tacoma
Date Span: 1902
Quantity: 1 album (12 photographic prints) : black and white ; 7 x 9.5 inches
Location: K0900
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Walking in Paradise Valley, 1902. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23543z

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Background

Mount Rainier is a mountain peak in central Washington, and the highest peak in the Cascade Range at 14,410 feet high. The name of Mount Rainier has been debated from the 19th to the 20th century. The debate has focused on the legend linking the name "Mt. Tacoma" to the original Native American names for the mountain. The mountain was named Mount Rainier in 1801 by Captain George Vancouver for his shipmate, Admiral Peter Rainier of the British Navy. In 1833, Dr. William Tolmie, a Scottish doctor and scholar sent by the Hudson's Bay Company to Ft. Vancouver, wrote in his diary using both names, "a fine view of Tuchoma or Mt Rainier." Also in 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad Company declared: " The Indian name Tacoma will hereafter be used in the guidebooks and other publications." A book published posthumously by Theodore Winthrop, The Canoe and the Saddle, which was published in 1862 and based on a canoe trip taken in 1853, claimed "Mount Regnier Christians have dubbed it, in stupid nomenclature, perpetuating the name of somebody or nobody. More melodiously the Siwashes call it Tacoma-a generic term also applied to all snow peaks." In 1880, the U.S. Geographic Board declared Mt. Rainier the official name to be used on all government maps, though the issue was brought again before the board in 1917, and then before Congress in 1925. Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, to protect and preserve its wilderness and natural features for future visitors.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one album of photographs taken by one or more members of a party of six during a ten-day trip to Mount Rainier in August 1902. The photographs document the party's picnics and camps at various locations, as well as their walking explorations of the Mount Rainier area. The Nisqually Glacier, Nisqually River, Carter Falls, Narada Falls, and Mashel River are documented.

General Notes

Handwritten on verso of front album cover: "Mr. A.L. Bell, Mr. H.B. Hendley, Mr. E.N. Henninger, Mrs. K.S. Eisenbeiss, Mrs. C.W. Hendley, Mrs. A.M. Craig."

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Acquisition Info

The photograph album was purchased from Robert Nord, April 2004.


Inventory

 
Page Item
11Three women and two men gathered around a picnic blanket alongside a carriage at Muck Creek   View image
 
22Three women and two men setting up tent and arranging camp at Ohop Creek
 
33Mashel River
 
44Two women and one man with bicycle on the road over Mashel mountain   View image
 
55Three women and two men at camp on Nisqually River with horse and carriage
 
66Photograph taken from the base of Mount Tacoma (now known as Mount Rainier) at Longmire's Springs   View image
 
77Nisqually River
 
88Carter Falls
 
99Neradali (Narada) Falls   View image
 
1010Three men and two women with walking sticks in the snow-covered Paradise Valley   View image
 
1111Nisqually Glacier
 
1212A man with walking stick at the top of a crevasse (in Nisqually Glacier)   View image

Subject Terms

Geographic Names:
Mashel River (Wash.)--Photographs.
Nisqually Glacier (Wash.)--Photographs.
Nisqually River (Wash.)--Photographs.
Rainier, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.
Subjects:
Glaciers--Washington (State)--Photographs.
Mountains--Washington (State)--Photographs.
Rivers--Washington (State)--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Photograph albums.
Last modified: June 14, 2006
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