The Olympic Mountains rise up from the sea with moss-draped forests growing right to the water's edge. Glaciers crown steep slopes while alpine meadows and lush valleys teem with elk, deer, cougars, bears, and species known nowhere else on earth. The Olympic National Park was created in 1938 to protect the grandeur of the Olympic Mountains. The rugged coastal area was added in 1953. To further protect this remnant of wild America, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness in 1988. Today it is recognized as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and one of the most popular wilderness destinations in North America. It is a place that changed the people who would conquer it. Farmers gave up; miners found no riches; loggers reforested. Tourism came early and endures.
The Jefferson County Historical Society was founded in 1879 and incorporated in 1951 with a mission "to actively discover, collect, and promote the heritage of Jefferson County in the State of Washington." The society conducts county-wide programs and operates the county museum, the Rothschild House Museum, Fort Worden's Commanding Officer's Quarters Museum, a historical research center, and the Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center. The images in this volume are from the society's collection of over 20,000 historic photographs.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
Features: Paperback. 2010. 127 pp. Many black and white photos. 6.5 x 9.25 in.