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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Shadows of the Past Living History Program

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Date: August 7, 2012
Contact: Park Ranger Curt Jacquot, 360-569-6577

On Saturday August 18, Mount Rainier National Park will present Shadows of the Past, a "living history" program. Volunteers and staff in costumes will portray important individuals from the park's past. The early story of Mount Rainier and the National Park Service from 1883 through 1916 will be told. Lead Rangers will guide groups along the Trail of Shadows in Longmire. Historical figures will emerge from the darkness while volunteers with lanterns illuminate the scene!

The free program lasts about 80 minutes. Admission to the park is $15 for private vehicles. 

Longmire is six miles east of the park's southwest Nisqually Entrance. Walks will leave (rain or shine) from in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire at 8:30 PM, 8:50 PM, 9:10 PM, and 9:30 PM. Those attending should bring warm clothing, sturdy footwear, insect repellant, and a flashlight. 

-NPS-

Did You Know?

The first photograph taken at Rainier's summit is dated August 14, 1888.

The first photograph taken at the summit of Mount Rainier was taken at noon on August 14, 1888. Among the group photographed that day at the crater rim are naturalist John Muir, and P. B. Van Trump, one of the first two men known to have reached Rainier's summit.