Mount St. Helens: Eve of destruction

Mount St. Helens: Eve of destruction

How we loved this Northwest playground  boating, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, climbing, scouting.  This playful image, from around 1960, is from your State Archives.
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And, of course, Tuesday will be the 30th anniversary of the mighty eruption that transformed this serene and gentle landscape forever.

The eruption touched off the greatest landslide ever, ripping off a large part of that enormous dome, blowing out 3.7 billion cubic yards of mountaintop and spewing ash that girdled the globe a number of times. The blast zone was 230 square miles; 57 people, including the crochety Harry Truman, lost their lives.   It’s still hard to take in.

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