How we loved this Northwest playground – boating, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, climbing, scouting. This playful image, from around 1960, is from your State Archives.
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.