• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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History & Culture

Administrative History
"WONDERLAND: An Administrative History of Mount Rainier National Park", by Theodore Catton (May 1996).

Research & resources

Museum Collections
Museum collections, archives, history resources

Nature Notes
Publications on a variety of topics produced by park naturalists between 1924-1939 and 1984-1989. Includes original text and images for over 100 editions.

NPS History E-Library
The NPS History Program provides online electronic editions of studies convering a wide array of new, rare, and hard-to-find materials about our parks, including Mount Rainier, as well as the National Park Service.

NPS Cultural Landscapes
A cultural landscape is a geographic area, including both cultural and natural resources, associated with an historic event, activity, or person; or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values. The site provides feature stories on cultural landscapes in NPS units, including Mount Rainier National Park.

Research Catalog
A comprehensive manual of natural and cultural study opportunities within Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.

Transportation and Engineering
"Highways In Harmony": a history of Mount Rainier's roads, bridges, and transportation system.

Wonderland Trail
"The Development of Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail, 1907-1939", by Paul Sadin (COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History, Winter 1999-2000, Vol. 13, No. 4)

Did You Know?

Excerpt from a page of Kenneth Arnold's report showing notes and sketches of the

On June 24th, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold sighted nine strange objects "flying like a saucer would" passing by his plane as he flew near Mount Rainier. His encounter is considered the first widely reported UFO sighting, and triggered many similar accounts of "flying saucers".