Sunrise to Paradise

The Story of Mount Rainier National Park

Ruth Kirk

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  • Published: 1999
  • Subject Listing: Western history
    Natural History
    Environmental History
  • Bibliographic information: 152 pp., 280 illus., 200 in color, maps, notes, bibliog., index
  • Territorial rights: world
  • Contents

On clear days, the mammoth volcano Mount Rainier dominates the Seattle and Tacoma skylines and can be seen from Whidbey Island to Yakima and the central Washington wheat fields. “The Mountain’s out!” is a cheerful local greeting, especially after a long spell of overcast weather. Sunrise to Paradise explores the rich history of this symbol of the Pacific Northwest and the national park that preserves it.

Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the United States outside Alaska, and it soars higher above its immediate base than does any other in the lower forty-eight. Sunrise to Paradise describes its geological and glacial origins and current ecological health, and the century-old stewardship of Mount Rainier National Park. Its stories include accounts by Native people such as Saluskin and Wapowety, climbers from John Muir and Fay Fuller to Willi Unsoeld and Lou Whittaker, and entrepreneurs from the Longmire family to Paul Sceva. Here, too, are the tales of scientists and tourists, park rangers and volunteers. Numerous illustrations span the decades. Some of the photographs were taken from albums of the 1912 and 1915 Mountaineers outings; others are by noted photographers of the past like Imogen Cunningham and Asahel Curtis and by contemporary photographers including Ira Spring. There are paintings by Abby Williams Hill and George Tsutakawa and a series specially created by Dee Molenaar.

Ruth Kirk has won numerous awards for her many books focusing on natural science and regional history, including Snow and Exploring Washington’s Past. With her husband, a National Park Service ranger-naturalist, she lived for five years in Mount Rainier National Park. She has climbed the Mountain five times and hiked the Park’s Wonderland Trail. She now lives in Lacey, Washington.

Measuring the Mountain
The Volcano
Rivers of Ice
Snow Blanket
Summer's Rush
Continuity and Change
A Century of Firsts
Whats in a Name?
The Park is Born
Defining the Goals
Getting to the Park
Building Paradise
Beyond Paradise
The First People
Mineral Springs
Ranger Life
The CCC and the Soldiers
Early Outings
Big-Time Skiing
To the Top!
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