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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Mt. Rainier -- What If?
It took a concerted effort of scientists and conservationists to establish Mt. Rainier National Park. Lands within what is now the park boundary had been granted to the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Northern Pacific, which later became a proponent of the park (because they hoped for tourist traffic on their railroads), employed a geologist, Bailey Willis, in the 1880s, to search for coal deposits on the north slope of Mount Rainier. Imagine if coal had been discovered.