Explore Pacific Northwest History with Newly Digitized Photographs

More than 500 new historic photographs from our Northwest Photograph Collection are now available through our digital collections. These photographs feature images of Washington, Oregon and Alaska spanning from the late 1800s to the 1970s and include shots from prominent local photographers such as Asahel Curtis, Webster & Stevens and Frank Jacobs. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite photos below.

Antlers Hotel at Lake Cushman
The collection includes 14 photos showing the Lake Cushman’s Antlers Hotel and its various tourist excursions to the Olympic Mountains from ca. 1898 to 1910. The hotel, once a popular tourist destination, ceased operation in 1922. In 1926, the Lake Cushman Dam was created, flooding the remains of the hotel. This photo shows two women and their guide in the snow fields of the Olympics.

Mount Rainier
There are also a wealth of photos showing mountaineering and tourism activities at Mt. Rainier from the 1920s and 1930s. These also include images from the filming of the 1930 movie “Rough Romance” staring Helen Chandler and George O’Brien which was shot onsite. This photo shows the cast and crew of the film bundled up for chilly weather.

Fort Lewis
One set of photos documents the Fort Lewis library activities during World War I. The libraries were created by the American Library Association’s Library War Service program to provide books for soldiers and staff during World War I. This photo shows a group enjoying the Nurses’ Library.

Take a closer look at the collection, browse the collection map and  find many more photos including shots of Mount Vernon, Deception Pass, Lake Chelan and Mount Baker.

This project was made possible with grant funding from Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

~ posted by Jade D.

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