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  • The NPS Wild Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    The THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) WILD Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    INDEED, IN AUG, 2016 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)  IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412 AREAS

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS BEHIND ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF AMERICAS NATIONAL PARKS

    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    THE WILD OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT,

    WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

     SO… THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM CONTINUES IN 2016

    NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS ALREADY WILD. period

    AND, NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS NOT MAINTAINED OR REPAIRED. period

    SO…  the National Park Service (NPS) has mismanaged 84 million acres of public parks for 100 years, to the tune of $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS AND,“BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

    THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS?

     U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR ARE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A FAILED NPS BY REINTRODUCING A  BILL THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE  AND MAKE  MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF NEW MISMANAGED WILDERNESS AREAS ON JUST THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

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    NPR: National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs

    www.npr.org/…/nationalparks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-cos…

    NPR MAR 8, 2016 – THERE IS A NEARLY $12 BILLION MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF WORK THAT NEEDS … SAYS, “BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

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    HOW WILD IS THE WILD WILDERNESS ACT?

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.

     AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT AND NEGLECT OF  MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF THAT 107 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412  OF OVER 700 AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES.

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    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    Using statistics from, MAR 15, 2012

    The Wilderness Act is widely known as one of the nation’s preeminent

    preservation statutes.

    FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS ARE FOUND WITHIN EACH MAJOR CATEGORY OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDs…….

    1. NATIONAL FORESTS
    2. NATIONAL PARKS
    3. WILDLIFE REFUGES
    4. PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.11

    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WILDERNESS IN THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT STATES—ABOUT 75%—IS LOCATED  WITHIN ONLY FIVE ECOREGIONS: one desert ecoregion—the Mojave Desert of

    California—and four high elevation ecoregions—the southern and middle

    Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more at https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/11181-421zellmerpdf Lewis & Clark Law School

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    July 24, 2016 JUST ASKING?

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE GROSSLY MISMANAGED FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND?

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    Wild Olympics | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wildolympics/

    Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally. ….. CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document was written on …

    Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

    Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 10/29/2012

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

    How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

     The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

     Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

     The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

     Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

    Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

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    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS IS MORE THAN A SCAM

    UNDER THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964,

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, is not a giving of access of public land to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    indeed,  IT IS A TAKING OF PUBLIC LAND ACCESS, it is a taking of the full use and enjoyment to over 300 million people

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is a dishonest scheme; “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

     And basically, call it the ignorance, of American citizens or whatever,

    But basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.”

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a swindle, using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions..

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    July 18, 2016

    HOW WILD IS THIS LIBERAL NEWS REPORTING?

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     07.18.16

    Map released in support of Wild Olympics campaign; two outdoor retailers touting Peninsula’s nature, recreation

    Two popular outdoor clothing retailers are encouraging their customers to visit the Olympic Peninsula and support the Wild Olympics campaign.

    REI and Patagonia are promoting the Wild Olympics campaign at REI Seattle and online, encouraging customers to experience the diverse nature and outdoor recreation available on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT, WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

    The bill would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers — the first ever on the Peninsula.

    Initiative’s shaping

    The effort comes out of a process involving local communities, businesses and economic leaders of the Olympic Peninsula who helped shape the initiative, organizers said.

    “For those of us that live on the Peninsula, we know about the natural beauty,” said state Rep. Steve THARINGER, A SEQUIM DEMOCRAT who represents the 24th Legislative District. “That’s the advantage of living here.

    “You can choose to walk on the spit or go up in the hills and walk in the Olympics. There’s a lot of folks that don’t know the variety we have here.”

    The North Olympic Timber Action Committee has been looking for a compromise to the legislation for the past several years that would help support the timber industry, said Carol Johnson, executive director.

    NOTAC substantially agrees with the concept of the proposal but wants to remove areas that are routinely logged, she said.

    “What we said is, make some adjustments to the proposal and bring into the plan a timber base that is routinely roaded,” she said.

    “Make that part of the plan so we can have a sustainable harvest level in perpetuity and have our support.”

    Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics, called the partnership with REI and Patagonia exciting.

    “It is our hope that legislation happens in the near future because it will benefit our economy and environment a great deal,” she said.

    Outdoor recreation groups REI and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics” map, highlighting some recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal.

    To view the map, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wildolympicsmap.

    The map highlights some spots on the North Peninsula that locals will know well, including the Dungeness River, Dungeness Spit, Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls Trail and local rivers.

    THARINGER SAID one of the goals is to get more people outside the area enjoying the nature that is offered on the Peninsula.

    “It’s a way to highlight the beauty and the wilderness in the park,” he said.

    “When folks are searching on the internet for things to do outside, you’ll never know what will trigger their interest.”

    Port Angeles City Councilwoman SISSI BRUCH SAID she supports the new initiative.

    “The idea of encouraging people who love the outdoors to come to our pristine wilderness areas while supporting their preservation has great synergy,” she said.

    “This, in concert with Port Angeles’ designation as the second-best outdoor town, validates Port Angeles’ status as a world-class outdoor recreation destination and speaks highly of our need to protect this unique and pristine environment.”

    The campaign comes from lawmakers and the outdoor clothing companies’ desires to protect and promote the outdoors, Tharinger said.

    ‘Promoting the outdoors’

    “I served on a GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE with people from REI, and they are interested in promoting the outdoors,” he said.

    “I think it’s a synergy between PATAGONIA, REI AND THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN GETTING THE LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS.”

    THARINGER SAID there is concern about the designations regarding logging but that he doesn’t see an impact to the commercial logging industry.

    “Making these designations is not going to impact the timber supply, but it does bolster the tourist industry,” he said.

    Free hard copies of the map will also be available at REI retail outlets in the Puget Sound area.
    By:  Jesse Major
    Source: Peninsula Daily News

    The bottom line….

    Basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.


  • NPS Director Testifies on ONP Access

    March 20, 2016 PDN Reports

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

    03.16.2016 – The House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee holds a hearing to review the FY 2017 budget request for the National Park Service. NPS Director Jon Jarvis testifies.

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    You can view it here.

     

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    How bad is it? February 16. 2016

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    Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
    Olympic National Park chief electrician Robert Perina crosses a temporary plank bridge over a side channel of the Elwha River as electrician apprentice Kevan Keegan looks on near the Elwha Campground in Olympic National Park, southwest of Port Angeles on Tuesday.

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    March 2o, 2016

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

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    Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily News
    This section of Olympic Hot Springs Road washed out in a November flood. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis told U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer that a one-lane bridge would be installed over the washout area in six to eight weeks.

    PORT ANGELES — Funding has been requested and plans are under review for a temporary one-lane bridge over a 60-foot washout near the Elwha Campground on Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    Once plans are approved by such agencies as the Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Fish and Wildlife, construction would take from six to eight weeks, said Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park spokeswoman.

    She didn’t know when plans would be approved or when construction would begin.

    The washout has blocked access to the Elwha River Valley west of Port Angeles since November. Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls trailhead, about a mile north of the washout itself.

    Temporary bridge

    The temporary bridge would be in place for as long as five years before a more permanent structure is built.

    The Elwha Campground, which was severely damaged in fall and winter floods, isn’t expected to be reopened this year, Maynes said.

    The National Park Service has requested emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to install a temporary bridge over the washout, National Park Service Director John Jarvis said last week.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    “We’ve got a lot of private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point,” Kilmer said.

    “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”

    Said Jarvis: “We expect that to take about six weeks, six to eight weeks, to get that installed.

    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access to the landowners that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Maynes confirmed that a FEW  private landowners have land past the park entrance.

    Kilmer said. “We’ve got a LOT OF  private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point” “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”
    National Park Service Director John Jarvis said
    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access TO THE LANDOWNERS that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”
    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.
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    Indeed, there is always the “Rest of the Story”
    Achieving accountability from the U.S. Government?
    Referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/30628999…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Jun 28, 2011 – Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from family property. Previous Photo. Next Photo …. From the PDN: See more special …

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    Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News June 28. 2011

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    And, “The Rest of the Rest of the Story”

    Requesting Help from the my U.S. elected representatives?

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-find-your-park-comefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.

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    On Feb 19, 2016  Rep. Kilmer held a Clallam County Town Hall in Sequim WA.

    I gave a print out of my Feb 18, 2016 posting to Judith Morris.

    Behind My Back | PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    www.behindmyback.org/…/pdn-feb-17-2016-whats-wrong-with-these-pi…

    Feb 18, 2016 – “Bridging water troubles” on the Olympic Hot Springs Road. … JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC …

    I sat down to wait for the meeting to start. I showed people the two pictures on the front page of the PDN, with the people around me. I had an real issue with Rep. Kilmer priorities, ignoring the emergency road repair for Olympic National Park tourism and instead promoting an art thing at Fort Warden?

    After a few minutes Judith called me into a side room. Rep. Kilmer and I had a 15 minute conversation on my economic concerns for our community  and his failure to prioritize  and act on the emergency flooding disaster.

    Feb 19, 2016  I did remind Rep. Kilmer, of what an  economic driver tourism is to our community.

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    Back to the PDN  news report…
    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction
    March 2o, 2016 Kilmer said….“I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that,
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    $424,000 request
    The park service requested $424,000 for the project, Maynes said.The temporary bridge would be expected to be in use for about five years, she said.“During those five years, we will pursue plans and funding for a longer-term fix,” she said Saturday.Since the road is in an active floodplain, “a longer-term solution will take much larger effort,” she added.

    With a five-year funding bill in place, the National Park Service will work with the highway administration to complete “a major reconstruction on that site,” Jarvis said.

    But he also said that would take years.

    “We’ll be living with that temporary fix for three to five years,” Jarvis said.

    Washed out

    The road washed out when a dry Elwha River side channel was reactivated in a Nov. 17 flood.

    A second flood that occurred Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 caused additional damage to the road and nearby Elwha Campground.

    The damage to the Elwha Campground was extreme, Maynes said.

    “Some picnic tables were moved by the force of the water. Some are buried in silt. It’s unlikely that we will be able to get that open this year,” she said.

    Altair Campground was also damaged in the Nov. 17 flood. It had been closed because of damage done in a December 2014 storm.

    “Our neck of the woods has had a really tough winter,” said Kilmer, a Port Angeles native.

    Pedestrian bridge

    A pedestrian bridge over the side channel has been replaced by a small wooden bridge that can support emergency vehicles.

    Seedlings have been planted along the banks of the surviving road sections to prevent further erosion.

    “I know you’ve been getting a lot of rain up there,” Jarvis told Kilmer.

    “At least we’re getting some snowpack, both in the Cascades, the Olympics and the Sierras this year, which is a good thing.

    “The good thing on the Elwha is that it’s helped flush out all that sediment that was backed up on the rivers,” added Jarvis, referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

    Kilmer described Olympic National Park as an “extraordinary asset that draws a whole bunch of people to our region.

    “I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that, but my grandfather helped pave the road up Hurricane Ridge, so it’s been an extraordinary asset,” Kilmer said.

    The National Park Service system has 410 sites, including 58 national parks.

    The service has recently restored seasonal ranger hiring to peak levels, coordinated more than 400,000 volunteers, completed deferred maintenance projects and expanded partnership through a centennial program, Jarvis said.

    “All of these actions will help sustain our parks for another 100 years,” he told the committee.

    The National Park Service drew a record 307 million visitors in 2015 nationwide, Jarvis said.

    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.

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    Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

    Last modified: March 19. 2016 5:18PM

    By Rob Ollikainen

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    Where there’s a will, there’s a Clallam County Commissioner named Bill Peach.

    Behind My Back | Find Your Park Open Doors Remove …

    www.behindmyback.org/…/go-find-your-park-open-doors-remove-barri…

    Feb 10, 2016 – Bill asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of …. On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation …


  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

    Our U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer is a very busy man.

    On Feb 18, 2016 our  Representative scheduled time for a Clallam County Town Hall meeting in Sequim WA.  He usually gives a slide show presentation first and then provides an opportunity for local citizen, to voice their concerns and ask questions.

    Because, my written posted comment, as a printed statement, was given to Derek Kilmer prior to the meeting. requesting, that as our local  representative, he give ERFO emergency relief work,  on the Elwha River, Olympic Hot Springs Road repair his prompt attention, and priority over non-emergency work.

    Feb 18, 2016 PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    I was given an opportunity to speak privately with Rep Kilmer and his local Rep Judith Morris.

    If our local Representatives aren’t informed that their local community is  having an ERFO federal emergency problem,  how can they fix them?

    Just saying….

    Emergency Relief for Federally Owned …

    As required in the ERFO guidelines, under the  program, Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.

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    Feb. 20, 2016  I am directing specific questions to Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    The ERFO emergency response  to the Olympic Hot Springs Road repairs is bogged down in a quagmire of federally required prerequisites.

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    What have you done? And, What are you going to do?

    To expedite the ERFO emergency relief work,  on the Elwha River, Olympic Hot Springs Road repair? To restored full public and private access for the tourist season that opens the end of May 2016?

    Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

    Determination will overcome any obstacle.

    To not speak is to say something. To not act is an action.

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    It is not my intent to embarrass anyone, my intent is simply to inform our representatives at every level of government, educate citizens and business’s of the financial impact that government action or inaction can create for our families.

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    DEC. 12, 2015, I requested help from my elected  representatives in WA DC

    Dec 12, 2015  I sent a request to Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    ONP All Access Denied to all citizens – public land – U.S. population 320 million, plus foreign tourists including Inholders, on the Elwha River

    Olympic National Park paying public -tourist and many private property owners, along the Elwha River in WA State need your commitment and support to provide legal certainty of road repairs and continued public access on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, in for and to all public facilities and private property areas located within the Olympic National Park.

    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha)  (storm damage)

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    Jan 28, 2016 – Come fix my road? request to my WA DC elected representatives.

    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

     … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.
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    To not speak is to say something. To not act is an action.

  • Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington

    This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted February 12, 2016.

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    15 Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002741)
    N end of Lake Aldwell
    48°05′42″N 123°33′18″W
    Port Angeles
    18 Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002742)
    N end of Lake Mills at Elwha River
    48°00′11″N 123°35′54″W
    Port Angeles

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?

    UNBELIEVABLE… Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Built in 1910 and 1926 respectively, the Elwha dam (108 feet high) and Glines Canyon dam (210 feet high) provided the only power to a lumber mill town called Port Angeles, situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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    Just, a town called Port Angeles? Port Angeles WA has been our Rains family town for 96 years.

    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park, this is a continuation of my inside story, I have known the Olympic National Park from the inside out for over 70 years. I was an INHOLDER in at Sol Duc Hot Springs inside the  Olympic National Park in 1944 and I still am an ONP INHOLDER inside the park, on the Elwha River,  Sat Feb 13, 2016.

    Forget Me Not

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    Who remembers? Who Cares?

    History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

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    SO WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC ELWHA RIVER HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    So, the tribes, along with environmental groups, began petitioning for restoration of the Elwha and its salmon runs. In 1992, their petitions were heard and President George H.W. Bush signed legislation to allow the federal government to buy the dams and begin conducting studies regarding the feasibility of their removal.

    Bush signed legislation… a document of historical interest, it’s only 8 pages long.

    January 3, 1992 H.R.4844 An Act To restore Olympic National Park and the Elwha River ecosystem and fisheries in the State of Washington.

    For local tribes and environmental advocates, it was time to go to work.

    Hundreds of environmental studies later, the decision to remove the dams was finalized.

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    The Supplemental EIS lists the proposed flood mitigation contained in the 1996 Final Environmental Impact Statement and the proposed changes to that list.

    You can find the Supplemental EIS  a document of historical interest, it’s only 366 pages long at:

    http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=136240

    THEN WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC POWER PLANTS?

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    World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/140826-el…
    National Geographic Society

    Aug 27, 2014 – “Thirty years ago, when I was in law school in the Pacific Northwest, removing the dams from the Elwha River was seen as a crazy, wild-eyed …

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    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park.

    Who knew the Olympic National Park Altair and Elwha River’s Campgrounds Community Kitchens  were placed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on July 13, 2007?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    The Campground Community kitchens were built by the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933.

     

    2 Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000732)
    Approx. 4 mi. S of US 101
    48°00′42″N 123°35′30″W
    Port Angeles

    It’s a Place its a thing

    12 Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000735)
    3 miles south of U.S. Route 101 in Washington
    48°01′39″N 123°35′13″W
    Port Angeles

    Olympic National Park is my park

    13 Elwha Ranger Station
    Elwha Ranger Station
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000716)
    Approximately 3 miles southeast of WA 101 on the Olympic Hot Springs Rd.
    48°01′00″N 123°35′27″W
    Port Angeles

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road is my road.

    THIS ROAD WAS THE HISTORIC “GATEWAY TO THE OLYMPICS”

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    Things happen that should always be remembered. in 1909 The Olympic Hot Spring Resort  was a flourishing tourist destination.

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    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Repairs and widening of 22 miles of the Olympic Hot Spring Road was done by  the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933-1934.

    Access to the Olympic National Park interconnected ROAD AND TRAIL SYSTEM belongs to all of us.

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    The Sol Duc River Shelter?

    The renamed as Canyon Creek Shelter, renumbered as #07000712, coordinates missing? image missing? Approximate distance from wherever? is and was  the Sol Duc Shelter.

    The Sol Duc River Shelter was my Shelter inside the Olympic National park in 1944.

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    30 North Fork Sol Duc Shelter Upload image
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000725)
    Approx. 9.5 mi. from North Fork Sol Duc Trailhead
    47°59′56″N 123°45′42″W
    Port Angeles
    5 Canyon Creek Shelter
    Canyon Creek Shelter
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000712)
    Approximately .9 miles north of the Upper Sol Duc River Trailhead
    Coordinates missing
    Port Angeles

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    It’s a Place… it’s in the Olympic National Park, tell your story, things happen that should never be forgotten.

    to be continued…

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    There are 49 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Clallam County.

    This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]


  • Find Your Park – Find the Elwha River

    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/findyourpark.htm
    National Park Service

    The National Park Service invites you to find your park! In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016

    Find your Park and Share your story.

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    Olympic National Park is my park and this is my inside story

    Things that happen in the OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK  ON THE ELWHA RIVER should always be remembered

    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” … was an invitation

    1970 -1973  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” recreational campsites destroyed

    SUMMER 1976 “SHALL WE LIVE AT THE ELWHA RIVER” NEVERMORE

    Feb 5, 2016  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” NEVERMORE

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    The bottom line- ALWAYS BRING THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE TOP

    FEB 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER?

    And, join in the Olympic National Park In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service?

    Feb 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER? for recreation

    Quoth the raven “NEVERMORE”

    Indeed, The raven seems to further instigate the distress with its constant repetition of the word “NEVERMORE”

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    MY PARK,  MY ELWHA RIVER’S  UNORTHODOX EULOGY

    Our family private Inholder Elwha River lots are presumed dead, they have been washed away, and all access is being denied to us by the Olympic National Park
    Contrary to what is usually written, what is traditional spoken, or accepted, this written eulogy IS TO DOCUMENT THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF OF OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY ACCESS, FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT, located in the Elwha River Valley inside the Olympic National Park, by the National Park System.

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    CAUSE OF DEATH?  YOU DECIDE?

    DROWNING?  AFTER? YEARS OF WATER BOARDING PUNISHMENT?

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    PLEASE NOTE

    This nearly 5000 word posting shall be divided into separate, smaller, in more detail, in more manageable individual comments and emailed out to whom it may concern.

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    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” was an invitation

    Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests …

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Sep/invitation_to_remember.html

    Sep 11, 2011 – Shall We Gather At The River on Sat. … The Rains Family wants to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who would prefer a …

    Sept 5, 2011 Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests to gather on inholder property for a ‘time of remembrance’ for two lakes to be lost to dam destruction

    Posted 9/11/2011

    THIS IS YOUR INVITATION

    “Shall We Gather At The River”

    Sat. Sept. 17, 2011

    The public is invited to be our guest at the Rains Family ONP [Olympic National Park] Inholders property

    Located on the Olympic Hot Springs Road

     For a time of remembrance of what used to be

    Two of the finest public recreational areas on the Olympic Peninsula

    Lake Mills – Lake Aldwell

    Clean energy – Flood control

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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    THESE ARE ANSWERS and comments TO YOUR ONLINE QUESTIONS

     “Shall We Gather At The River” on Sat. Sept. 17, 2011

    Prepare for a primitive day hike, sack lunch, bottled water, pack it in, pack it out.

    This is an opportunity to visit and walk in a place that may soon be lost to the wilderness.

    This is simply an invitation..

    With so many planned events on Sept. 17, 2011, there is no way for anyone to anticipate how many guests we will have.

    There is a rest room at the small camp ground.

    There is a parking lot at the ONP gate.

    We are planning to have Rains Family Inholder property owners at both the ONP gate and at the entrance road to our inholder property.

    Those who attend will be referred to as invited guests of the Rains family.

    I  commit myself to being at our ONP Inholders property from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011  and  I am extending an invitation to the public to be our guest on our private Inholder property.

    The Rains Family wants to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who would prefer a walk by the river to a gathering at the Pier to watch TV.

     Go West on Highway 101, turn left up the Olympic Hot Springs Road (just before the Elwha Bridge). The Rains Property is through the ONP gate and about 3 miles up the road on your right.

    Retired council mentioned the following;

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    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    With the publicity generated by the June 28, 2011 PDN [Peninsula Daily News] front page picture of Pearl  Rains Hewett and story

     

    2016 Share your Story,  things happen that should always be remembered

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/30628999…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Jun 28, 2011Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris …

    PORT ANGELES — A family with 91-year-old roots in Clallam County was denied vehicle access Saturday onto trust land they own within Olympic National Park.

    Park officials Monday called the incident a misunderstanding.

    Pearl Rains Hewett said Monday that as an “inholder” — an owner of private property within a national park — her sister, Violet Kono of Redmond, should have been allowed to drive Saturday to family property on the Elwha River that lay past a locked gate on Olympic Hot Springs Road, beyond which road construction was taking place.

    Hewett was allowed to drive past the gate Monday after she contacted the Peninsula Daily News and the newspaper inquired about the incident.

    “I would like the national park to be put on notice that you shouldn’t have to go to that extreme to have access to your property,” she said. “Inholders have rights. We pay taxes to Clallam County every year to property on the Elwha.”

    Park Chief Ranger Collin Smith, who was out of town last week, was apologetic.

    “There were some internal communication issues there,” Smith said Monday afternoon.

    “Had I known the road was paved at that point, I would have told [Ranger] Sean [Davis] to let her go through. It was a misunderstanding. Where we made a mistake here is, we should have tried to provide access to them because they’re inholders.”

    Olympic National Park has about 100 inholders mostly at Lake Crescent, Lake Ozette, Lake Quinault and the Oil City area near the mouth of the Hoh River, Smith said.

    Olympic Hot Springs Road will be open to full vehicle access by Wednesday, he added.

    For about three weeks, workers have been repairing the road’s Fisherman’s Corner in preparation for truck traffic generated by the tear-down of the Glines Canyon Dam and its sister edifice, the Elwha Dam, beginning Sept. 17.

    Olympic Hot Springs Road leads to Glines Canyon Dam.

    Traffic will be restricted along the road after Aug. 1 beginning just south of Altair Campground, which will remain open.

    That’s when workers from Barnard Construction Co. Inc. of Bozeman, Mont., will begin traveling the road heavily and staging equipment for the $27 million removal of both dams, intended to restore the Elwha River’s sharply depleted salmon run.

    Hewett said earlier Monday that her sister was told road construction was taking place and that no public vehicles were allowed beyond the gate, Hewett said.

    While Davis was telling the 67-year-old Kono on Saturday morning that the only way she could reach her family property was to hike 2 to 3 miles, a representative of concessionaire Olympic Raft & Kayak and a park biologist unlocked the gate with their own keys and drove through, Hewett said.

    “The worst part was they let a concessionaire up the road, but they won’t let an inholder in,” Hewett said, describing the family-trust property “a very beautiful, special and spiritual place” where family members gather for memorials and the Fourth of July.

    Hewett contended that inholders, as in-park landowners, hold a different legal status than the general public.

    “I think it’s important for us to object to private property rights being violated by anyone, especially when it’s a family that’s lived here for such a long time,” Hewett said.

    Hewett’s grandfather, Osco Rains, (correction George C. Rains Sr) was 6 when he and his family moved to Port Angeles in 1920, Hewett said.

    At one point, the family owned 3,000 acres on the North Olympic Peninsula. They now own 900 acres.

    Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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    AND THE REST OF MY STORY…

    2016 Share your Story of the National Park Park

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    ACCESS DENIED AND THE REST OF THE STORY

    Access Denied – Olympic Hot Springs Road blockaded and the “rest of the story” – by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Posted 7/26/2011 Access Denied – Olympic Hot Springs Road blockaded and the “rest of the story” by Pearl Rains Hewett

    On June 28, 2011 an article “Access Denied”  with my picture was on the front page of the Peninsula Daily News.

    As Paul Harvey would say, here is “The rest of the story.” for your enjoyment.

    On June 28, 2011 Paul Gottlieb PDN [Peninsula Daily News] called me and asked if I  would meet a photographer at the blockade on the on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, where my sister and her husband had been refused entry,. I said “Sure”  Paul said, “If you both leave now, Chris Tucker will meet you at the gate.”

    I got to the gate first, parked my car and walked over to a little blond guard. I said, “I am an Inholder and I want to go up to my property.”

    She said, “you can’t go in , only people that have business can go through.”

    I said “I have business, I am an Inholder and my property is up the road.”

    The little blond said, “Is your house up there?”

    I said, “No, but, (I saw a black car pull in and park) You see that guy over there? (Chris was walking toward us) He is a photographer from the Peninsula Daily News and he is here to take a picture of you refusing me entry to my property.”

    The little blond looked at Chris and then back at me and said “I have to make a phone call”.

    Chris, had a camera in his hand, we introduced ourselves, I told Chris that I had just been refused entry. We waited about two minutes and the little blond came over and said “You can go right in”.

    Chris asked to take a picture of me in front of the gate, he took 3 or four pictures and then he said, “Now can I have one of you, not smiling?”

    It was a fleeting victory, entry was only made possible by the power of the press.

    See the following if you are interested in the rest, of the rest of the story.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    THE REST OF THE – REST OF MY STORY

    Things happen in the Olympic National Park,  should always be remembered

    Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    1944 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK CONSPIRACY EXPOSED

    The notarized document  “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8,1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    The referenced “Conspiracy” was exposed in a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”

    The proof of this conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 19 years from 1992 to 2011.

    The nine page summary includes some of the 48 year history of Clallam County from 1944 to 1992 and is his proof of the conspiracy.

    It’s a good read from a historical standpoint and a cautionary statement to the citizens of Clallam County.

    Could this happen to Clallam County by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    AS done, proposed or referenced in 1992 document
    Sol Duc Hot Springs
    Olympic Hot Springs
    Four Seasons
    Pacific Ocean Coast
    Lake Ozette
    Quinault River
    Lake Quinault
    Lake Mills property loss of fishing
    Removal of Lake Mills Dam loss of flood control and electricity
    Lake Aldwell loss of fishing
    Removal of Lake Aldwell Dam loss of flood control and electricity
    Glines Canyon Dam
    North West Marine sanctuary
    56 miles of tidelands
    Eminent domain of Lake Crescent private property
    Million dollar sewer treatment plant
    Clallam County Roads around Lake Crescent
    Why the Lake Crescent property taken from Jack Olsen became the summer home of  Chief Justice Douglas of the US Supreme court?
    Elwha River Private recreational park destroyed
    Lake Crescent purchase of 79.81 acres of land for $410,000.00
    Control of wetlands
    Taking of corridors on rivers and streams (200 foot?)
    Excessive fees and taxes
    Taking of private property and property rights

    If you have read this far, and are interested in a copy of the full nine page document please contact me.
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    phew@wavecable.com
    (360) 417-9452

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    “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” is a dam shame

    Tell your story, things happen in the Olympic National Park,  should always be remembered.

    Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests to gather on inholder property for a ‘time of remembrance’ for two lakes to be lost to dam destruction

    Saturday, September, 17, 2011 Elwha Dams removal threatens family properties

    by Lois Krafsky-Perry
    Citizen Review Online

    Photos by Lois Krafsky-Perry

    Clallam County, WA – As a large Elwha Dam removal celebration with a reported 400 invited guests was being held on a lower part, of the river, Pearl Rains Hewett and her family held an informal, by invitation only, memorial gathering at their Elwha River property located off Highway 101, west of Port Angeles, up the old Olympic Hot Springs Road. Approximately 50 guests gathered on Saturday, September 17th, at the Rains property for the all-day event. King 5 TV also attended and did an interview with Ms. Rains-Hewett.

    It was necessary to stop at the ranger station and give information and name to Lyn B, the ranger. He said it was not required to pay or show a pass. However, the approach lane had been blocked off, making it necessary to make the stop there.

    Congressional (6th District) candidates Jesse Young and Bob Sauerwein attended the Saturday event, as well as Port Commissioner Jim McEntire, who is running for Clallam County Commissioner District 1.

    The event was in remembrance and celebration of the Rains family’s father George Rains Sr. and his influence, with history of their Clallam County properties, located on the Elwha River.

    Rains-Hewett, concerned for the future of her children and grandchildren, is making a plea to save their river property. The family is concerned about future destruction or their property, which is intended to go to the family members who will be inheriting their properties.

    The mother of three also has ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was joined at the river with her brother George Rains Jr. and sister Violet Rains Kono, Windy Baulden, as well as Pearl’s daughter Joni Howard, who helped with the event. Several other family members also attended.

    When the upper dam was opened in 1976, it flooded the Rains property. Now the threat by dam removal has risen again, and Pearl wants the federal government to consider their plight. She has documented events and is willing to talk to anyone who will listen, on behalf of her family, as well as other land and river owners. She has done much research and is networking with others, who are having similar problems.

    There are many faceted problems facing her and her family. She has documented information from her father, who recorded lists of original in-holders. Many of them are also suffering the threat of land and river tragedies in the future, if the release of water and silt is not stopped somehow.

    When asked, ” What do you want?” she replied that she wants her family and other property owners in Clallam County to have the right to own and keep their own properties.

    Approximately $325 million federal tax dollars has been spent by taxpayers on the Elwha Dams removal.

    There are also major threats to private property owners being felt across the United States, with fear of additional dam destruction and the loss of private property ownership that would cause.

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    back to  Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER”  was an invitation

    ACCESS DENIED it would be more damaging for ONP to deny access to an Inholder, than to let us in.

    Their is no law that denies my right to invite guests to my private property.

    The sign inside the ONP, on the entrance road, at the gate to our property, states for property owners and guests.

    ONP may try to deny us access for security reasons, using court intervention.

    How can ONP legally deny Inholders and their guests access to private property?

    If ONP has security issues they can barricade the Olympic Hot SpringsRoad beyond our Inholder access road.

    The one thing I am sure of is, on Saturday Sept. 17, 2011, I would rather be walking our beautiful Elwha River property than go down to the Pier to watch a big screen TV, listen to a band and dance.

    This is a time to remember, walk, talk, enjoy the beauty of the day and make plans for our future.

    Photographs? The Elwha River is beautiful, deer, elk, moss covered trees, an occasional spotted owl and perhaps even a sighting of the endangered marbled Merlette.

    We are miles away from the event at the Dam.

    It is my belief that when the Dams are removed, there won’t be any reason to maintain the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    With the Olympic Hot Springs Road gone “Access will not only be denied, it will be impossible”.

    I believe the ONP portion of the Elwha River Valley will become an inaccessible “Wilderness Area” before the spring of 2012.

    I for one, am not satisfied with watching the invited 400 celebrate our loss on a big screen at the pier.

    If we are refused vehicle entry, we may be taking a little longer walk.

    If I am denied access, I will be at the ONP gate.

    I look forward to seeing you.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Estate

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    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    THE ELWHA RIVER VALLEY – WHAT USED TO BE

    OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    This Public recreational facility, on public land was destroyed and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    It was one of the finest public recreational facilities on the Olympic Peninsula..

    It was originally built and maintained by Everett and Harry Schoefell and family.

    His resort business was very successful for many years. Long leases and plans could be made to maintain and improve his business. When the Olympic Nation Park put the squeeze on Harry Schoefell by giving a lease for only one year at a time. This put a squeeze on improvement programs and you had nothing certain to make improved facilities and maintenance work for the future.

    I was told by Harry Schoefell that all he received in the end from ONP was $10,000.00 for all of his years of work.

    NOW AND THEN OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    The resort was abandoned and left to deteriorate, eventually torn down and the road leading to it was removed  by ONP. This Public recreational facility, on public land was destroyed and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    There used to be an unmaintained trail to what was left of the resort, 35 years ago, I took my two nieces on a hike to Olympic Hot Springs.

    All that was left were two small pools of steaming mineral water with several naked hikers lounging on logs. The area around the pools was contaminated with human excrement.

     I never went back, is the trail to the Olympic Hot Springs still there?

     I Pearl Rains Hewett, have living memory, of when I was a girl, visiting OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS RESORT with  my family and swimming in the pool of mineral water.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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     Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    1970 -1973  SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER recreational campsites destroyed

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    I developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.

    NUMBER OF INHOLDER CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK? 1970-1973- 1976- 2016?

    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES

    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr. Dated Sept. 22, 1970
    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr. ending Dec. 1973

    TOTAL CAMPSITES (133) Documented
    OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD CLALLAM COUNTY WA
    NUMBER OF CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    NUMBER OF DESTROYED SITES PURCHASED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?

    I developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.

    NOTE: This campground area is where we will gather at the river.

    ( Private recreational campground developments are no longer allowed in Clallam County)

     In the course of the development I noticed a small breach through a narrow strip of land on the south end of the big island which is owned by the Park (ONP). I could foresee a lot of damage if something was not done to protect the property below and the Olympic Hot Springs Road. I contacted Del Hur Industries to get an estimate on what it would cost to plug the breach and put in a small rock dike to prevent further damage to our property and the road.

    After getting the estimate I contacted the Park (ONP) people, and they would do nothing to help remedy the situation. I also offered to provide free from cost all of the rip rap from our rock quarry on Little River.

    The problem was ignored. Finally some time later the river came up high enlarging the breach and washing out a section of the Olympic Hot Springs Road, and cut a channel through our development and took out our bridge.

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road had to be rebuilt by moving it to higher ground on the hillside. At a later date when I was in the area after the road was rebuilt, I noticed men working with a drilling outfit on the east side of the new road. Federal highway crews were doing the work and testing the fault area above the Olympic Hot Springs Road. They informed me that if the rock dike was not build that to keep the river in its original channels, more of the area east of the road would slip into the river. They informed me that the whole hillside for a great distance up the hill was  nothing but a fault ready to sink into the river if the problem was not corrected.

    To this day they (ONP) has done nothing to remedy the threat and a good portion of our property was destroyed through their (ONP) sheer negligence. The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

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    Tell Your story, things happen in Olympic National Park should always be remembered.

    Summer 1976 documented by Pearl Rains Hewett personal account

    My two sons, Delane R. Hewett, Gregory W. Hewett  and I were going to spend the entire summer on my mother’s recreational lot on the Elwha River.  In a beautiful mobile home with a large windowed sunroom attached. Even after the wide spread damage to the recreational area, we still had water and electricity. The extended members of the Rains family were enjoying a carefree summer, the boys fished, sat around the bonfire, hiked, explored and enjoyed an the enchanted ambiance of nature.

    There were occasional sudden releases of water from the Dam that created high water on the river. It concerned me, I reported it to the ONP, we were living out there and we should be notified.

    SUMMER 1976 NOTHING PERSONAL?

    I woke up in the middle of the night to the roaring sound of rushing water, I went to the back door and the water was running over two feet high up onto the steps of the mobile home. I immediately woke up the boys, “We have to get out of here”. In the dark we grabbed what belongs we could fit in the car and drove away. This can be Documented by Sandy Rains, we woke her up and found shelter at her house on that horrendous night  and stayed at she and my brother, George C. Rains Jr. home until we found a rental.

    The entire mobile home and sunroom, where my son’s and I were sleeping, was washed away. The only thing remaining of our private Inholder’s development was the concrete slab and the electrical box.

    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER”  was an invitation

    1970 -1973  SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER recreational campsites destroyed

    SUMMER 1976 “SHALL WE LIVE AT THE ELWHA RIVER… NEVERMORE

    Feb 5, 2016  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” is a dam shame

    Feb 5, 2016 Quoth the raven NEVERMORE…..

    The raven seems to further instigate the distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore“.

     Did you or someone you know own one of destroyed sites?

    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    George C. Rains Jr.,  Delane R. Hewett and Gregory W. Hewett are documented legal Inholder property owner’s on the Elwha River.

    We Shall Gather At The River on Sept 17, 2011 in remembrance of all that we have lost.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee of the George C. Rains Sr. Estate

    Inholder and legal owner of Elwha property

    The raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore“.

    FourC Newsletter 2011.09.15

    fourcsite.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/…/FourC-Newsletter-2011.09.15.pd…

    Sep 17, 2011 – Invitation to the Elwha River 9/17 … This weekend the destruction of the dams on the Elwha River will be … “Shall We Gather at the River“.

    In this Issue:
    * Invitation to the Elwha River 9/17
    * Agenda 21 – Why Should You Care?
    This weekend the destruction of the dams on the Elwha River will be “celebrated” in
    Port Angeles. There are many differing opinions as to the reasoning behind the removal of the dams and the potential benefits or devestation that it will cause. The Peninsula Daily News has posted the “celebration” events scheduled for Saturday.
    It is also note worthy to share with you an invitation by Pearl Rains Hewett, an Olympic
    National Park inholder, to gather one more time at the banks of the Elwha before the
    dams are removed. Please see invitation below. Seattle TV stations, King 5 News
    and channel 9 have contacted Mrs. Hewett to cover the event.
    “Shall We Gather at the River”
    Saturday, September 17, 2011
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    The public is invited to be our guest at the
    Rains Family Olympic National Park inholders property
    Located on the Olympic Hot Springs Road
    The Rains Family wishes to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who
    would prefer a walk by the river to a gathering at the Pier to watch TV.
    Prepare for a primitive day hike, sack lunch, bottled water, pack it in, pack it out.
    This is an opportunity to visit and walk in a place that may soon be lost to the
    wilderness.
    This is simply an invitation..
    With so many planned events on Sept. 17, 2011, there is no way for anyone to
    anticipate how many guests we will have.
    There is a rest room at the small camp ground.
    There is a parking lot at the ONP gate.
    We are planning to have Rains Family inholder property owners at both the
    ONP gate and at the entrance road to our inholder property.
    What is an “inholder” in the Olympic National Park?
    An inholder is any person that owns private property located inside of the park.
    The property is in Clallam County and property tax are paid to Clallam County. According to the Peninsula Daily front page story “Access Denied” dated June 28, 2011, the
    re are only 100 inholders left in Clallam County.
    This will be a time of remembrance of what used to be -Two of the finest public recreational areas on the Olympic Peninsula Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell
    I look forward to seeing you there,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate
    As a guest of the Rains family, you cannot be denied access by park officials
    For further information on this and other issues, you may go to:

    FourC NEWSLETTERS | fourcsite.org

    fourcsite.org/newsletters/newsletter/

    FourC NEWSLETTERS. 2014 FourC NEWSLETTERS … FourC Newsletter 2011.09.22 · FourC Newsletter 2011.09.15 · FourC Newsletter 2011.09.08 · FourC …

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    The bottom line- ALWAYS BRING THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE TOP

    FEB 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER?

    And, join in the Olympic National Park In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service?

    Feb 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER? for recreation

    Quoth the raven “NEVERMORE”

    Indeed, The raven seems to further instigate it’s  distress with its constant repetition of the word “NEVERMORE”


  • Find Your Park? 1933 WA State CCC Camps

    Go Find Your Park

    GO FIND IT’S PAST…

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK , HISTORIC CAMP ELWHA CCC Camp?

    You’ve never heard of it? (keep reading)

    Our elected representatives in WA DC need to be reminded of things that happened in WA State.

    1933-1942 The WA STATE Civilian Conservation Corps … (CCC)  had a paramount influence on the early development of OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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    CCC Legacy History Center

    www.ccclegacy.org/CCC_History_Center.html

    The CCC Legacy History Center shares CCC history, archival information, and … CCC Camp Lists … Please send your CCC story to ccc@ccclegacy.org …

    11,400 MEN
    57 CAMPS
    38 ON NATIONAL FORESTS
    5 ON NATIONAL PARKS
    4 ON STATE FORESTS
    2 ON STATE PARKS
    8 ON PRIVATE LAND FORESTS

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    JUNE 10, 1933, CAMP ELWHA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST  CCC CAMPS ESTABLISHED ON THE NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA

    HISTORIC CAMP ELWHA? You’ve never heard of it?

    Things happen that should always be remembered?

    JUNE 10, 1933, THE PORT ANGELES EVENING NEWS (PAEN) DEVOTED HEADLINE SPACE AND SEVERAL COLUMNS TO DESCRIBING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ELWHA CAMP, KNOWN AS F-17:

    F-17 935 5/21/1933 Seattle Port Angeles
    Project Co. Date Railroad Post Office Location

    Project F-17 Co. #935 CAMP ELWHA was located on a gently sloping hillside several hundred yards south of the present Elwha Ranger Station. It was one of the first CCC Camps established on the North Olympic Peninsula.

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    Posted on Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella

    Robert Bulchis, Tour of Service at Camp Louella, near Sequim, began on 11/08/1933.

    F-60 937 11/5/1933 Port Townsend Sequim
    Project Co. Date Railroad Post Office Location

    Project E-60 CO. #937  CAMP LOUELLA was located near an old forest guard station overlooking a shallow valley between two low mountains which was drained by a small creek called Jimmy-Come-Lately Creek. at the head of the valley there was a considerable drop down to the Dungeness River.

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    After  over 40 hours of  researching on  the CCC Legacy in my park, the Olympic National Park, I have found the “KEY” for documenting  and identifying CCC CAMPS that I have been been searching for….

    CAMP LOUELLA has been identified as Project E-60 Company  #937, collaborated by

    The Biography of Robert Bulchis
    CCCMan, Company 937, Camp Easton, Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Cle Elum, Washington & Camp Louella, Sequim, Washington.

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    CCC Camp Lists – CCC Legacy

    www.ccclegacy.org/CCC_Camp_Lists.html

    CCC Legacy is a non-profit membership organization established to promote the heritage of the Civilian … CCC Legacy, www.ccclegacy.org. … CCC Camp Lists …

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    CCC Camp Lists – CCC Legacy

    www.ccclegacy.org/CCC_Camp_Lists.html
    1933-1942 As you begin your CCC research, it is important to get the feel for the fast paced movement of CCC/military companies across the nation. A camp was identified …
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    1933-1942 The information contained in these listings was taken from Strength Reports. At the end of each 6 month enrollment period, the status of the camps, locations, personnel and numbers were reported in the Strength Report. These lists are a compilation of information produced from the enrollment periods listed below.

    They list the following information:

    • Agency identification number (Project #), 
    • Military company,
    • Date the company established the camp,
    • Railroad depot used by the camp,
    • Post office address used by the camp,
    • And, when available the camp nickname and distance from the post office.  
    • Identification of the Nine Military used during the administration of the CCC’S 1933-1942

    THE NINTH MILITARY DISTRICT INCLUDED WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON, IDAHO, MONTANA, UTAH, NEVADA CALIFORNIA, AND YELLOWSTONE PARK. 

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    CCC Camp Lists – CCC Legacy

    Historic Index of Camp Listings by State

    1933-1942 CCC CAMPS IN WA STATE

    Project Co. Date Railroad Post Office Location
    BR-58 208 6/3/1938 Sunnyside Sunnyside 3 mi S
    SP-13 219 11/1/1939 Skamania Skamania Beacon Rock 2 mi E
    NP-5 219 5/17/1940 Enumclaw Enumclaw White River 43 mi SE
    Navy-1 231 11/3/1935 Seattle Bremerton Ostrich Bay 5 mi N
    F-9 236 6/20/1933 Petores Masama
    F-11 246 6/20/1933 Chelan Chelan
    Army-1 252 8/1/1935 Ft. Lewis Ft. Lewis At-R.H.
    NP-1 252 6/30/1938 Ashford Longmire Tohoma Creek 9 mi E
    NP-7 252 4/15/1940 Morton Packwood Packwood 38 mi SE
    SP-3 266 6/18/1933 Oak Harbor Oak Harbor Deception Pass 14 mi NE
    NP-2 266 6/20/1935 Ashford Longmire Marada 22 mi E
    NP-9 293 4/19/1938 Pt. Angeles Pt. Angeles Elwha 13 mi SW
    NP-5 294 6/1/1936 Enumclaw Enumclaw White River 45 mi SE
    SCS-3 545 10/25/1935 Dayton Dayton 1 mi E
    SCS-5 546 10/25/1935 Pomeroy Pomeroy Garfield .5 mi W
    SCS-2 554 10/2/1937 Pullman Pullman 5 mi E
    P-203 562 8/21/1941 Lyman Lyman
    BR-42 572 5/15/1936 Naches Naches Clear Creek 38 mi W
    F-38 602 5/22/1933 Bingen Guler
    F-62 602 4/26/1934 Meyers Falls Meyers Falls
    F-37 603 5/22/1933 Carson Carson
    F-41 604 5/22/1933 White Salmon Guler
    F-43 605 5/22/1933 Stevenson Carson
    F-63 605 4/26/1934 Republic Republic
    P-61 608 9/28/1933 Vancouver Bks Vancouver Bks
    P-61 610 9/26/1933 Vancouver Bks Vancouver Bks
    F-2 610 5/30/1934 Metaline Falls Metaline Falls
    P-219 611 6/25/1933 Washugal Washugal
    SP-10 611 5/2/1934 Ft. George Wright Ft. George Wright
    F-35 697 6/15/1933 Morton Brandle
    NP-1 930 5/15/1933 Ashford Longmire Marada 22 mi E
    F-29 931 5/18/1933 Leavenworth Leavenworth
    F-87 931 5/2/1935 Pomeroy Pomeroy Toeamon 25 mi S
    F-27 932 5/16/1933 Naches Naches
    F-70 932 5/11/1934 Naches Cliffdale 23 mi S
    F-34 933 5/16/1933 Morton Morton
    NP-6 933 5/28/1935 Morton Packwood Chanapecoah Hot Springs 50 mi E
    F-15 934 5/19/1933 Darrington Darrington 1 mi S
    F-8 935 5/20/1933 Petores Winthrop
    F-17 935 5/21/1933 Seattle Port Angeles
    SP-11 935 5/11/1934 Kent Zenith Salt Water 4 mi E
    F-74 936 5/11/1934 Hoquiam Humptulips Hoquiam 30 mi N
    F-32 937 5/21/1933 Roslyn Roslyn
    F-60 937 11/5/1933 Port Townsend Sequin
    P-220 937 10/24/1934 Port Angeles Port Angeles Twin 30 mi SW
    Army-7 937 7/1/1935 Port Townsend Port Townsend Cape George At-R.H.
    P-220 937 6/30/1938 Port Angeles Port Angeles Twon 29 mi W
    P-223 937 10/10/1938 Doty Doty At-R.H.
    F-1 938 5/16/1933 Metaline Falls Metaline Falls
    S-234 938 4/9/1934 Hoquism Clearwater
    NP-? 938 6/27/1935 Ashford Longmire St. Andrews Creek 21 mi E
    F-20 938 4/22/1936 Shelton Hoodsport Lake Cushman 18 mi N
    SP-6 938 12/18/1937 Olympia Olympia Millersylvania 10 mi S
    P-40 944 5/15/1933 Stevenson Stebler
    F-43 944 4/11/1934 Stevenson Carson Hemlock 14 mi N
    P-39 945 5/19/1933 Yacolt Yacolt
    F-38 945 5/23/1934 White Salmon Guler
    F-55 945 10/13/1934 Stevenson Stevenson Rock Creek 4 mi NE
    SCS-8 945 10/22/1934 Goldendale Goldendale 1 mi NE
    F-19 946 5/21/1933 Seattle Quilcene
    NP-6 946 5/10/1934 Ashford Longmire
    F-19 946 10/18/1934 Port Townsend Quilcene Quilcene 25 mi SW
    F-20 947 5/21/1933 Shelton Hoodsport
    F-65 947 5/3/1934 Pateros Carlton Gold Creek 33 mi NW
    F-65 947 4/30/1935 Carlton Carlton Gold Creek 6 mi NW
    SP-1 947 7/12/1938 Orcas Olga Moran 14 mi W
    F-7 948 5/24/1933 Tomasket Tomasket
    SP-4 948 11/2/1933 Anacortes Anacortes
    NP-3 948 5/8/1935 Fairfax Fairfax Carbon River 12 mi E
    F-2 949 5/18/1933 Ruby Ruby
    SP-7 949 10/12/1933 Ft. George Wright Ft. George Wright Seven Mile 4 mi S
    F-10 950 5/22/1933 Pateros Pateros
    F-1 950 4/9/1934 Metaline Metaline
    F-82 950 6/3/1935 Orient Orient Pierre Lake 8 mi SW
    F-62 950 10/7/1939 Meyers Falls Kettle Falls Growden 18 mi W
    F-5 951 5/20/1933 Tomisbet Tomisbet
    F-13 951 5/7/1934 Rockport Marblemount
    P-203 951 10/18/1934 Lyman Lyman At-R.H.
    NP-1 961 4/28/1936 Ashford Longmire
    F-21 982 5/20/1933 Hequiam Hequiam
    P-205 982 10/13/1933 Kalama Kalama 8 mi W
    F-25 983 5/23/1933 Mineral Mineral
    F-29 983 4/28/1935 Leavenworth Leavenworth Icicle 5 mi SE
    NP-5 984 4/16/1934 Enumclaw Enumclaw White River 43 mi NE
    F-6 994 5/25/1933 Orient Orient
    NP-6 1209 5/9/1938 Packwood Longmire Chanapecosh Hot Springs 49 mi NE
    F-26 1228 6/18/1933 Naches Naches
    P-5 1229 6/19/1933 Enumclaw Enumclaw
    NP-6 1229 4/9/1934 Morton Packwood
    F-63 1229 4/15/1935 Republic Republic McMann Creek 10 mi SE
    F-51 1230 6/19/1933 Winton Leavenworth
    F-76 1230 4/8/1934 Roslyn Roslyn
    NP-4 1231 6/18/1933 Ashford Longmire
    P-2 1232 6/18/1933 Ashford Longmire
    SP-6 1232 10/26/1933 Olympia Olympia Millersylvania 12 mi SE
    SP-1 1233 11/13/1933 Olga Olga Moran 3 mi NW
    S-232 1234 6/20/1933 Yakima Wiley City
    SP-10 1238 5/20/1935 Colbert Colbert
    NP-207 1265 6/19/1933 Colville Colville
    P-215 1271 6/19/1933 Cusick Cusick
    SCS-12 1271 1/6/1939 Montesano Montesano
    BR-50 1297 5/17/1940 Easton Easton Kachess 15 mi NW
    NP-1 1302 10/24/1933 Bremerton Bremerton
    NP-2 1303 5/10/1934 Ashford Longmire
    P-215 1304 4/9/1934 Omsick Omsick
    SCS-2 1312 5/14/1934 Moscow, Idaho Moscow, Idaho
    P-213 1456 10/16/1937 Kelso Kelso Cathlamet 26 mi NW
    F-40 1456 8/21/1941 Stevenson Carson Hemlock 14 mi N
    S-223 1622 6/15/1933 LaGrand LaGrand
    P-212 1624 6/16/1933 Ryderwood Ryderwood
    F-101 1624 6/10/1935 Metaline Metaline Gypsy Meadows 16 mi E
    P-209 1626 6/15/1933 Shelton Shelton
    P-205 1627 6/15/1933 Seattle Port Townsend
    BR-50 1627 5/1/1936 Easton Easton Kachess 15 mi NW
    P-213 1628 1/13/1936 Kelso Kelson
    F-23 1629 6/15/1933 Lester Lester
    F-12 1630 6/26/1933 Bellingham Glacier
    F-24 1631 6/16/1933 Enumclaw Enumclaw
    F-62 1631 5/12/1936 Meyers Falls Kettle Falls Growden 18 mi W
    F-16 1632 6/26/1933 Seattle Port Angeles
    F-3 1632 11/6/1933 Chehalis Doty
    SP-3 1633 6/15/1933 Enumclaw Enumclaw
    SP-2 1633 11/26/1934 Winlock Winlock Lewis Clarke 10 mi E
    NP-6 1633 5/11/1936 Morton Packwood Chanapecoah Hot Springs 50 mi NE
    P-205 1634 6/16/1933 Lyman Lyman
    F-22 1635 -V 6/25/1933 Skykomish Skykomish 1 mi from camp
    NP-3 1635 -V 5/15/1934 Fairfax Fairfax
    F-13 1636 -V 6/16/1933 Rockport Rockport
    F-33 1638 6/26/1933 Wanatchee Wanatchee
    P-210 1638 11/13/1933 Seattle Belfair
    F-33 1639 6/25/1933 Morton Morton
    P-214 1640 6/16/1933 Butice Raymond
    P-220 1640 1/13/1936 Port Angeles Port Angeles Twin 30 mi W
    S-220 1641 6/21/1933 Yacolt Yacolt
    F-100 1641 4/30/1934 Ruby Ione
    SP-1 1647 1/13/1936 Olga Olga Moran 3 mi NW
    F-28 1650 5/12/1936 Naches Naches Tieton 23 mi W
    BR-42 1690 1/13/1936 Coulee Coulee Columbia 28 mi NE
    F-4 1745 6/19/1933 Boyda Boyda
    F-23 1745 10/27/1933 Lester Lester
    SCS-4 1761 1/15/1936 Walla Walla Walla Walla 5 mi E
    S-230 1923 -V 6/28/1933 Sultan Sultan 1 mi W
    F-85 1923 -V 12/2/1941 North Bend North Bend 4 mi N
    F-76 1925 -V 5/1/1935 Cleklum Roslyn Lake Cleklum at R.H.
    SCS-3 2519 6/30/1935 Dayton Dayton 1 mi E
    SCS-4 2520 6/10/1935 Walla Walla Walla Walla 5 mi E
    SCS-5 2521 6/10/1935 Pomeroy Pomeroy Garfield .5 mi W
    P-203 2609 1/13/1936 Lyman Lyman At-R.H.
    P-217 2642 6/14/1935 Vancouver Bks Vancouver Bks Washougal 34 mi E
    SP-13 2643 6/4/1935 Skamania Skamania Beacon Rock 2 mi W
    Army-4 2644 6/7/1935 Vancouver Bks Vancouver Bonneville 15 mi S
    Army-5 2645 6/25/1935 South Bend South Bend
    SCS-6 2649 6/27/1935 Yakima Yakima Soda Springs 33 mi SE
    SCS-8 2650 1/27/1935 Goldenfale Goldendale 1 mi NE
    Navy-1 2911 10/24/1933 Bremerton Bremerton Ostrich Bay 4 mi N
    F-65 2911 7/2/1935 North Bend North Bend 4 mi S
    NP-1 2912 5/6/1935 Ashford Longmire, Tahama Creek 9 mi E (Mt. Rainier)
    S-237 2913 4/22/1935 Valley Valley 2 mi E
    F-80 2913 10/23/1935 Thorp Thorp Taneum 11 mi NW
    SCS-2 2914 6/18/1935 Pullman Pullman 5 mi W
    F-12 2915 11/2/1934 Bellingham Bellingham Glacier 35 mi W
    F-16 2916 10/22/1934 Port Angeles Port Angeles Snider Ranger Station 50 mi SW
    P-201 2917 10/19/1934 Orting Electron
    AF-2 2917 8/21/1941 Ft. Lewis Dupont Dupont .5 mi W
    F-8 2918 5/4/1935 Pateros Pateros Boulder 65 mi N
    F-79 2918 6/28/1936 Okanogan Okanogan 25 mi NW
    F-33 2919 10/28/1934 Morton Packwood Packwood 38 mi NE
    F-34 2919 10/24/1935 Morton Randle Lower Cispus 31 mi E
    F-1 2920 4/15/1935 Metaline Falls Metaline Falls Sullivan Lake 6 mi SE
    F-13 2929 6/18/1935 Rockport Rockport Shagit 13 mi NE
    P-219 2929 4/28/1936 Rainier Rainier 2 mi W
    Navy-2 2935 -V 6/13/1935 Seattle Seattle Sand Point 12 mi NE
    SP-6 2935 -V 5/17/1936 Olympia Olympia Millersylvania 12 mi SE
    P-215 2936 -V 6/13/1935 Usk Usk .5 mi S
    Army-3 2941 8/1/1935 Ft. Lewis Ft. Lewis Roy 18 mi SE
    NP-2 2941 6/30/1938 Ashford Longmire Marada 22 mi E
    NP-1 2941 10/12/1938 Longmire Longmire Sunshine Point 7 mi W
    SCS-6 2942 8/12/1935 Yakima Yakima Soda Springs 33 mi SW
    SCS-11 2942 9/l/39 Waterville Waterville .5 mi N
    SCS-7 2944 8/21/1935 Cashmere Cashmere Mission Creek 8 mi SW
    F-38 2945 5/5/1936 White Salmon Gular Twin Buttes 53 mi N
    Army-6 2946 6/21/1935 Vancouver Bks Bancouver Bks Kill Pack 15 mi NE
    SP-15 3224 4/12/1936 Beverly Beverly Gingko Petrified Forest 9 mi N
    NP-5 3224 5/16/1938 Enumclaw Enumclaw White River 45 mi SE
    SCS-9 3224 10/31/1938 Snohomish Snohomish Camp Roosevelt 4 mi SE
    Army-5 3225 4/13/1936 South Bend South Bend Canby 40 mi S
    F-55 3267 10/11/1937 Carlton Carlton Gold Creek 6 mi NW
    F-8 3267 6/21/1940 Pateros Winthrop Boulder 65 mi NW
    SCS-10 3276 7/20/1939 Davenport Davenport Anderson 1 mi NE
    BR-66 3278 7/22/1938 Naches Cowiche Quinalult 43 mi N
    NP-10 3569 8/20/1941 Hoquiam Quinault Quinault 43 mi N
    P-205 3692 7/14/1938 Lyman Lyman East Skagit County
    F-77 3693 7/14/1938 Chelan Chelan Twenty-Five Mile Creek 25 mi NW
    F-78 3694 10/1/1938 Entiat Entiat 23 mi NW
    NP-6 3780 6/1/1937 Enumclaw Enumclaw White River
    F-20 4259 6/12/1935 Shelton Shelton Lake Cushman 18 mi NW
    F-25 4260 6/12/1935 Mineral Minearal 6 mi W
    F-28 4261 6/21/1935 Naches Naches Tieton 23 mi W
    F-77 4262 6/13/1935 Chelan Chelan Twenty-Five Mile Creek 23 mi NW
    F-78 4263 6/13/1935 Entiat Entiat 23 mi NW
    F-79 4264 6/17/1935 Okanogan Conconolly 25 mi NW
    F-80 4265 6/11/1935 Thorp Thorp Taneum 11 mi NW
    P-213 4267 6/26/1935 Kelso Cathamet Wahkiakum 27 mi NW
    P-219 4268 6/13/1935 Rainier Rainier 2 mi S
    SP-4 4269 6/11/1935 Anacortes Anacortes Rosario Beach 7 mi E
    SP-18 4270 6/10/1935 Bremerton Belfair Twanch 22 mi S
    SP-15 4271 6/12/1935 Beverly Beverly Gingko Petrified Forest 9 mi SE
    SP-16 4272 6/15/1935 Winton Leavenworth Wenatchee Lake 12 mi S
    Army-3 4274 6/18/1935 Dupont Ft. Lewis 2 mi W
    Army-4 4276 6/14/1935 Port Townsend Port Townsend Ft. Worden 2 mi N
    P-223 4277 6/12/1935 Doty Doty At-R.H.
    SCS-7 4279 6/12/1935 Cashmere Cashmere Mission Creek 8 mi SW
    F-102 4281 6/13/1935 Priest River, Idaho Priest River, Idaho Kalispell Creek 38 mi N
    NP-2 4728 6/21/1937 Ashford Longmire Marada 22 mi E
    BR-49 4752 6/12/1937 Naches Naches Clear Creek 38 mi W
    P-213 4766 10/13/1936 Kelso Cathlamet Cathlamet 26 mi NW
    P-220 4767 10/15/1936 Port Angeles Port Angeles Twin 29 mi W
    SP-1 4768 10/15/1936 Orcas Olga Moran 14 mi W
    F-28 4769 10/14/1936 Yakima Naches Tieton 32 mi NW
    P-203 4770 10/16/1936 Lyman Lyman At-R.H.
    P-60 4771 10/16/1936 Thorp Thorp Taneum 11 mi NW
    F-13 4772 10/16/1936 Rocksport Rocksport Skagit 13 mi NE
    F-77 4773 10/17/1936 Chelan Chelan Twenty-Five Mile Creek 25 mi NW
    F-39 4774 10/18/1936 Vancouver Bks Yacolt Sunset 37 mi NE
    NP-1 4786 5/10/1937 Ashford Longmire Tahoma Creek 9 mi E
    F-62 4799 10/16/1936 Meyers Falls Meyers Falls Growden 16 mi W
    SCS-12 5457 8/23/1941 Montesano Montesano 1 mi W
    F-89 5481 6/6/1938 White Salmon Trout Lake Skamania 40 mi N
    F-39 5481 10/13/1939 Vancouver Bks Yacolt Sunset 37 mi NE
    BR-58 5481 6/26/1941 Sunnyside Sunnyside 3 mi S
    F-1 5703 8/17/1941 Metaline Falls Metaline Falls Sullivan Lake 6 mi N
    SP-13 5709 10/18/1936 Skamania Skamania Beacon Rock 2 mi E
    NP-5 5710 6/16/1937 Packwood Packwood Chanapecosh Hot Springs 49 mi NE
    NP-8 6414 8/23/1941 Ashford Ashford Sunshine Point 81 mi E
    P-223 6419 7/12/1940 Doty Doty At-R.H.
    P-208 6420 7/12/1940 Elma Elma 2 mi N
    SCS-11 6435 7/26/1940 Waterville Waterville .5 mi N
    F-29 6436 7/26/1940 Leavenworth Leavenworth Icicle 5 mi SE
    F-77 6437 10/27/1941 Chelan Chelan Twenty-Four Mile Creek 23 mi NW
    P-219 6438 7/26/1940 Rainier Rainier 2 mi W
    F-16 6439 7/26/1940 Darrington Darrington 2 mi S
    BR-66 6459 10/24/1941 Naches Cowiche Cowiche 6 mi

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    The research needed to find the KEY for identifying  WA State Historic CCC CAMPS was found on line in this order.

    Olympic NP: Historic Resource Study (Chapter 5)

    www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online…/hrs/chap5.htm
    National Park Service Oct 1, 2009 – Three of these programs had a paramount influence on the early development of Olympic National Park: The Civilian Conservation Corps …National Park Service
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    Robert Bulchis – James F. Justin Museum

    www.justinmuseum.com/oralbio/bulchisbio.html

    Biography of Robert Bulchis THE LOUELLA CCC CAMP NEAR SEQUIM,
    CCCMan, Company 937, Camp Easton, Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Cle Elum, Washington & Camp Louella, Sequim, Washington

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    JAMES F. JUSTIN CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS MUSEUM

    Unit Rosters and History Collection

    General Information Regional Information Company Rosters Camp Histories Company Histories Project Histories rights reserved.

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    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    GO FIND IT’S PAST…

    Things happen that should always be remembered?

    Our elected representatives in WA DC need to be reminded of CCC things that happened in WA State.


  • Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    My park is the Olympic National Park.
    My road is the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    FROM NOV 17, 2015, TO JAN 28, 2016

    THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED AT THE PARK BOUNDARY TO MOTOR … THE ROAD AND ALL AREAS BEYOND THE WASHOUT HAVE BEEN CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ENTRY INTO THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

    JUST SAYING…A Look at the Decline in NATIONAL PARK VISITATION IN 2013? This decline was PRIMARILY DUE TO SEVERAL LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURES …

    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

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    THE MASSIVE PROBLEM, ACCESS DENIED TO ALL,  STARTED on Nov 17, 2015, as reported, by spokeswoman for the park, the Olympic National Park Barb Maynes said over the weekend…… “Other areas in the [Elwha] valley have seen damage — extensive damage,” “Park staff is still assessing the damages,” Maynes said…

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    NOV 17, 2015 MAYNES SAID THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

    AND, NOV 17, 2015 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SARAH CREACHBAUM SAID, WELL? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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    NOV 21, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD? WE REQUESTED A TIMELINE FOR REPAIRING AND REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS FROM THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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    NOV 22, 2015 IT WAS REPORTED A WEEK AFTER THE FACT, IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    ( I THOUGHT THE NEWS MEDIA WAS HOW WA DC POLITICIANS FOUND OUT ABOUT MASSIVE PROBLEMS) My elected WA DC Representative are, Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

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    DEC 12, 2015 NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    DEC 12, 2015 THERE IS NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED REPS

    Behind My Back | ONP All Access Denied

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/12/12/onp-all-access-denied/
    Dec 12, 2015 – ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – 320 million, … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.
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    JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR FROM MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE  Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

    JAN 19, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    Behind My Back | The Promised Land Olympic National Park

    www.behindmyback.org/…/the-promised-land-olympic-national-park/
    JAN 19, 2016 – The Promised Land Olympic National Park Sept. 30, 1937 President … www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part–1–wow-a-war-on-wild/. Jan 27 …
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    JAN 28, 2016

    GO FIND YOUR PARK? COME FIX MY ROAD?

    POST IT,  JUST ASKING… AGAIN….

    WHEN ARE “THE FEDS” GOING TO COME AND FIX OUR/MY OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD?

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    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS STILL, ZERO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE. AND, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SARAH CREACHBAUM STILL HAS SAID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

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    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    JAN 28, 2016 THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD IS STILL CLOSED AT THE PARK BOUNDARY TO MOTOR … THE ROAD AND ALL AREAS BEYOND THE WASHOUT ARE STILL CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ENTRY.
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    INDEED, in 2016, THIS ACCESS  DENIED TO ALL INCLUDES  320 million Americans, plus all access denied to approximately 3.24 million recreational visitors to Olympic National Park in 2014.

    MASSIVE ACCESS DENIED PROBLEM FOR 323,240,000 MILLION PEOPLE

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    JUST SAYING…A Look at the Decline in NATIONAL PARK VISITATION IN 2013? This decline was PRIMARILY DUE TO SEVERAL LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURES during the first three months of 2013.

    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

    HOW WILL ALL ACCESS DENIED TO ALL, ON THE LENGTHY WEATHER-RELATED ROAD CLOSURE OF THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRING ROAD

    AFFECT WA STATE ECONOMY?

    HOW WILL IT AFFECT OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES?

    WILL THERE BE A DECLINE IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK RECREATIONAL VISITATION?

    2013 CONTRIBUTION OF ALL VISITOR SPENDING
    PARK UNIT OLYMPIC National Park
    TOTAL RECREATION VISITS 3,085,340
    TOTAL VISITOR SPENDING $245,894.1
    JOBS 2,993
    LABOR INCOME $113,577.4
    VALUE ADDED ($000S) $208,011.7
    OUTPUT ($000S) $323,766.2
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    JAN 28, 2016 WHILE “THE FEDS” AND OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUE TO DITHER…
    TIMES A WASTING
    JAN 28, 2016 THERE IS NO STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    THE RECREATIONAL TOURISTS ARE COMING
    NONE OF US CAN GET THERE FROM HERE
    UNTIL THE FEDS COME AND FIX OUR/MY ROAD….
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    PDF]2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects Economic …

    www.nature.nps.gov/…/NPSVSE2013_final_nrss.p…
    National Park Service
    labor income, $15.6 billion in value added, and $26.5 billion in output. The lodging sector … Spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity ….. Spending opportunities near Alaska parks are limited and for many visitors a park visit is part of a cruise or ….. $7,177.7. Olympic NP.
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    read more here…

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/31123998…
    Peninsula Daily News
    Nov 22, 2015 – When the water receded, Olympic National Park officials discovered the water had washed out a 60-foot-long section of Olympic Hot Springs …


  • Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella

    Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella

    CCC CAMP LOUELLA WAS LOCATED NEAR SEQUIM WA.

    Never heard of it?

    CAMP LOUELLA WAS LOCATED NEAR AN OLD FOREST GUARD STATION OVERLOOKING A SHALLOW VALLEY BETWEEN TWO LOW MOUNTAINS WHICH WAS DRAINED BY A SMALL CREEK CALLED JIMMY-COME-LATELY CREEK. AT THE HEAD OF THE VALLEY THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE DROP DOWN TO THE DUNGENESS RIVER.

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    CAMP LOUELLA TOOK OVER COMPLETION OF THE ROAD TO DEER PARK (PORT ANGELES EVENING NEWS 1934, 3 APRIL). IN RECOGNITION OF THE EFFORTS OF THE CCC IN COMPLETING THE WINDING DEER PARK ROAD, IT BECAME KNOWN AS “THE HIGHWAY OF THE CCC” (CARROLL 1973, 103).
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    The Biography of Robert Bulchis is an absolutely amazing history of Company 937 of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    Robert Bulchis is a man of many words over 50,000 of them in his Biography document.

    Unfortunately, my Dad, George C. Rains Sr., was a man of few words.

    Dad was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Olympic National Park

    Just saying….

    Many of the young men in the CCC went on to become prominent foresters, businessmen, and even State legislators

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    I’ve spent most of this day reading Robert Bulchis Biography.

    I like this man, I like men that hitch hiked back in the day, I have never found any history of the Olympic National Park, my park, with so much detail, the places, the names, the interwoven trail, the observations and descriptions of the CCC Camps  and the young men that worked in them.

    Indeed, in researching, in depth, finding my park, I have found a treasure trove of  Olympic National Park history.

    NOW YOU HAVE HEARD OF CAMP LOUELLA AND YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE CCC CAMP LOCATED NEAR SEQUIM WA.

    I encourage you, to read Robert Bulchis entire biography

    It starts on CHAPTER 4–ON THE ROAD: DEPRESSION YEARS BEGIN

    and treat your self to  a copy of his book “Frontier Legacy”.

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    Robert Bulchis is part of the history of the Olympic National Forest as portrayed in a book published two years ago titled “Frontier Legacy”, a history of the Forest before 1960.

    Biography of Robert Bulchis

    CCCMan, Company 937, Camp Easton, Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Cle Elum, Washington & Camp Louella, Sequim, Washington

    The Following is a portion of the entire Biography of Mr. Bulchis. If you only wish to see the CCC Portion Click Here or if you only wish to see the Navy Portion Click Here. These will take you to the begining of those stories

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    These are snippets from Mr. Bulchis CCC portion

    I got word of my acceptance for service in the CCC’s in April of l933.

    Initially I was assigned to Camp Easton near Lake Cle Elum

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    For clarification  AFTER Camp Easton

    MY TOUR OF SERVICE AT CAMP LOUELLA NEAR SEQUIM BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 8 OF 1933.

    I DIDN’T KNOW IT THEN, BUT THIS NEW MOVE WOULD LEAD TO CONTACTS AND ACTIVITIES WHICH WOULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF MY LIFE.
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    Biography of Robert Bulchis
    CCCMan, Company 937, Camp Easton, Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Cle Elum, Washington & Camp Louella, Sequim, Washington

    Before the end of winter we began hearing about the Civilian Conservation Corps which Congress had just authorized. I don’t recall precisely when we finished our work on the park so I’m not sure where I was when I applied and was selected as an enrollee. But I believe we had wound up our work and were back in the soup kitchen again when I got word of my acceptance for service in the CCC’s in April of l933.
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    CCC enrollees were paid $30 a month of which $25 normally went to the enrollee’s family as part of their welfare and each enrollee received just $5 for his personal use. Because I was not then considered to be a resident of Washington I was accepted only if I agreed to have my $25 go to someone on the state’s welfare rolls. My $25 thus went to a couple of elderly sisters on welfare who I did manage to see once during a visit to Seattle. This continued for several months of my enrollment period before I was able to get it changed so that my mother, also on welfare in Pennsylvania, finally received that $25.

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    CAMP EASTON
    I was enrolled in Company 937 of the Civilian Conservation Corps. According to the Certificate of Discharge which my sister, Betty, saved for me all these years, my enrollment date was May 23, l933. Initially I was assigned to CAMP EASTON close to the shores of Lake Cle Elum, not far from the town of Cle Elum. We slept in a number of Army tents in a logged off ponderosa pine forest. l don’t recall whether we had four or six men to a tent. Our cots lined the perimeter of each tent and in the center of each on a bed of bricks was a conical stove with the stove pipe emerging through an opening in the center of the tent. There was an abundance of wood in the area but the guys liked to cut up the many pine stumps found throughout the area. They usually were almost solid pitch. When fed into the little stoves they burned fiercely and hot consuming the oxygen faster than it could be fed to the fire. That little stove amused us immensely as it danced away on its little bed of bricks becoming red hot in the process. Although the stove pipe too became progressively red hot, sometimes almost to the top, fortunately, on all such occasions nothing adverse ever happened in our tent. One of the other tents was not as lucky because when the pipe became red hot at the top it set the tent on fire. Anyway, our tents were usually cozy and warm.
    Our job in this area was to build dirt roads through the forest for the Forest Service. The one I worked on was over a ridge from Lake Cle Elum toward the town of Easton through which I-90 now passes. I was on a crew clearing the right-of-way by cutting the brush and trees growing on it which we burned with a big bonfire every day.
    With fall well along and winter not too far ahead, for quite some time we had been wondering what we had in store for us for the coming winter. It obviously was not possible for us to continue as we were into the winter.

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    AFTER CAMP EASTON
    MY TOUR OF SERVICE AT CAMP LOUELLA NEAR SEQUIM BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 8 OF 1933.
    Finally the word came. WE WERE HEADED FOR THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA NEAR A TOWN NAMED SEQUIM. I DIDN’T KNOW IT THEN, BUT THIS NEW MOVE WOULD LEAD TO CONTACTS AND ACTIVITIES WHICH WOULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF MY LIFE.
    THE DISCHARGE BETTY SAVED FOR ME SHOWS THAT MY TOUR OF SERVICE AT CAMP LOUELLA NEAR SEQUIM BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 8 OF L933. THE CAMP WAS LOCATED NEAR AN OLD FOREST GUARD STATION OVERLOOKING A SHALLOW VALLEY BETWEEN TWO LOW MOUNTAINS WHICH WAS DRAINED BY A SMALL CREEK CALLED JIMMY-COME-LATELY CREEK. AT THE HEAD OF THE VALLEY THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE DROP DOWN TO THE DUNGENESS RIVER

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    The camp was substantially completed when we arrived although much work still remained to be done. We had a number of large wooden barracks for sleeping quarters with separate mess and laundry buildings, also shops of various types to support the work we were to do.

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    The camp was on a gentle slope facing east across the farmland in the valley toward the larger of the ridges which was covered with a heavy stand of young second growth evergreens. The soil was a thick gumbo mud when the fall and winter rains arrived so that wooden walkways were constructed connecting all of the buildings. Despite these walkways we still had a constant battle throughout the winter fighting that mud.
    Inside the barracks wooden bunks had been built on either side of a center aisle in tiers of three. The height of the third bunk scared some of the guys, so much so that one fellow tied himself to his bunk every night for fear he might fall out while sleeping. There were woodburning stoves at each end and in the center of each barrack which kept us pretty warm.

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    Our primary projects in this area again were concerned with building forest roads. I was assigned to the Gold Creek crew. I remember that the name of the crew’s boss was Walt Peterson, apparently once a logger. A logging accident had left him with an obviously stiff elbow. I enjoyed working with him.

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    Building roads in the Olympics was a more complex job than in the Cle Elum area because of the heavier rainfall and heavier brush and timber. We had much larger trees to fall, often old growth trees six feet or more in diameter. I had to cut down a six footer one day and it took me and my partner half a day to get it down. Since we were concerned only with clearing the right-of-way we enjoyed watching those big trees go crashing down the mountainside. We had to put in quite a few culverts. These we fashioned out of the many western red cedar trees we felled. Some of the guys were assigned to work with mechanical equipment such as bulldozers and tractors, but I was never given that opportunity. Perhaps it was obvious that I was not so gifted. Similarly a few of the more reliable were given jobs as powder monkeys with the job of blasting out the tree stumps left in the right-of-way.

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    Toward the end of spring I left the Gold Creek crew when I was picked to do some fire patrol work for Monte Mapes, the Quilcene District Ranger, in whose district our camp was located. This was a fortunate assignment as it was to lead to my first employment with the Forest Service the following year.

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    Less than a mile from camp just before the drop off to the Dungeness River was a meadow in which we were almost sure to see some deer as we passed by. It was the property of an old man named Schmith. Present day maps show Schmith Knob overlooking the site. Schmith’s log cabin was located at the end of the meadow nearest to our camp. The story as I heard it was that Schmith was the captain of a sailing ship that anchored in Discovery Bay into which Jimmy-Come-Lately Creek flowed several miles away. He is supposed to have deserted his ship there and homesteaded the site I speak of. Supposedly each winter as the cold weather arrived he had stacked a pile of books and other reading material alongside his bed and hibernated in bed during the entire winter getting up only long enough from time to time to take care of life’s necessities. We must have spoiled his routine that winter because we came by often and he seemed always glad to see and converse with us.

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    Most of the guys went into Sequim periodically during their free time. I don’t recall specifically what shenanigans they got into but there didn’t seem to be much to do in that town.

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    AFTER CAMP LOUELLA my enrollment came to an end on July 10, l934.

    Fifteen months was the enrollment period and my discharge certificate shows that my enrollment came to an end on July 10, l934. Actually I served less than fifteen months as I was enrolled about a month and a half later than other members of my group because of the delay occasioned by my non-Washington residence.

    I owned a packboard which I had made earlier in camp from Alaska yellow cedar. To this I tied my bedroll, extra clothes, and supplies and off I went. First I hiked up the Dungeness River trail to Three Forks where the Greywolf, Grand, and Cameron Rivers meet. There I spent my first night sleeping in the Greywolf leanto shelter, one of many such log leantos then in existence in the Olympics. I understand that most of these have since been destroyed because they became too filthy after so many years of use. From here on the rest of my hike was in what is now the Olympic National Park. At that time it was the Olympic National Monument and the Forest Service had the responsibility for providing it with fire protection. On my second day I hiked up the Greywolf River still in the high country in the shadow of Mt. Deception, at over 7000 feet rivaling Mt. Olympus in height; then over a pass to the Dosewallips River still in the high country meadows, distinctive enough there to be labeled the Dose Meadows; then it was up the Dosewallips River valley over Hayden Pass alongside Sentinel Peak to the Hayes Creek drainage.
    I’ll never forget those nine miles from the pass on the side of the ridge paralleling Hayes Creek as I hiked, down-down-down, my legs seemingly pounding the trail with each step, until my leg and back muscles just ached.

    It was dusk when I reached the ELWHA RIVER, too tired to do much cooking for supper, mostly just bedded down for the night in the Hayes Creek shelter. Next morning I fashioned a crude fishing line with a branch, string, and hook and caught myself a few trout for breakfast in the Elwha River. I don’t know what the fishing regulations were in those days, probably didn’t even give a thought to whether or not I needed a fishing license.

    Then began a leisurely hike up the Elwha River valley and eventually over the Low Divide to the North Fork of the Quinault River.

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    It was nearly five days after I left Camp Louella that I found myself in a campground with the usual leanto on the Quinault River. I believe it was what was called the Wolf Creek Shelter near the end of the forest road up the Quinault River valley. I had been fortunate in having nice weather for my entire hike until that last morning when I woke to find it raining. I delayed my departure that day hoping the rain would stop. During my entire hike of five days I did not meet a soul on the trail, but that morning while I waited for the rain to stop a group of Seattle mountaineers came by and I was able to quickly make them some hot drinks with water I had boiling. They told me about their recent climb to the top of Mt. Olympus which at that time was considered to be the highest mountain in the Olympics. Seems that since then one of the mountains on the Mt. Constance–Mt. Deception ridge was found to be a bit higher.
    They told me how they were above the clouds in bright sunny weather atop the peak of Mt. Olympus. Looking down they could see this beautiful circular rainbow with the mountaintop in its center. Such a sight was rarely seen in those days, but it is a relatively common sight nowadays with aircraft flying at or above 30,000 feet.

    One of the mountaineers offered me a ride to Port Orchard when they were picked up later that day. And so it was that I retrieved my belongings at the Reite homestead,

    ALL SET FOR THE NEXT STAGE OF MY LIFE.

    I am part of the history of the Olympic National Forest as portrayed in a book published two years ago titled “Frontier Legacy”, a history of the Forest before 1960.


  • Go Find Your Park Sol Duc Hot Springs

    Go Find Your Park Sol Duc Hot Springs

    Olympic National Park is my park. It has been my park since 1944.

    THIS IS MY “INSIDE STORY” ON MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
    INSIDE STORY is defined as knowing something from the inside out.

    INHOLDERS LIVED INSIDE OF NATIONAL PARKS

    Find Your Park

    findyourpark.com/

    MANY PARKS, MANY STORIES. Everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way. These stories just might inspire you to find yours.

    SHARE YOUR STORY Post a picture or video of your experience on social media using the hashtag #FindYourPark. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO!

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    THIS IS MY INSIDE STORY how I found my park in 1944,

    better described as how my park found me, LIVING INSIDE  MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WHEN I WAS THREE YEARS OLD.

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    Remember this “MY STORY”

    I have a brother and two sisters,

    THAT SHOULD SHARE THEIR STORIES AS WELL

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    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park

    My “inside store” is kind of like the original Grimm’s Brother  fairy tale

    You know the one… It starts off great..  but ends up with the Big Bad Wolf swallowing the grandmother whole and  the wolf eating Little Red Riding Hood..

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    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park
    My family, the George C. Rains Sr. family was living inside of the OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK as INHOLDERS at Sol Duc Hot Springs on 320 acres of private property in the fall of 1944.
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    MY INSIDE STORY SHALL INCLUDE THE 71 YEAR HISTORY OF
    HOW I FIND MY PARK, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IN 2016.

    the bottom line
    IT IS A LONG STORY TO SHARE AND WILL REQUIRE A SERIES OF POSTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.
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    JUNE 29, 1938 UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND DEDICATED AND SET APART AS A PUBLIC PARK FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK…
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    THIS IS MY DAD’S INSIDE STORY

    By GEORGE C. RAINS SR.

    THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY OUR FAMILY WAS LIVING INSIDE OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AT SOL DUC HOT SPRINGS ON 320 ACRES OF PRIVATE PROPERTY IN THE FALL OF 1944.

    LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

    In the year of 1944 I was employed at the Quillayute Naval Air Station doing plumbing maintenance work.
    While working there I became interested in the Sol Due Hot Springs area which involved 320 acres of private land.

    The Hot Springs resort property had remained idle for some period of time, and the more I thought about it, I asked myself -¬why not find out if the property was for sale and what the asking price was.

    I contacted Mrs. Mirza Martin in Seattle, Washington, then owner of the Sol Due Hot Springs to see if the property was for sale, and she informed me that it was. I had $500.00 in savings banks, and I thought I would use this money to obtain an option to purchase the Sol Due property. By putting up the $500.00 for option money, an arrangement was worked out with Mrs. Mirza Martin and her attorney to purchase the property for $70,000.00. Payments annually would be $7,500.00 including principle and interest until the contract was paid in full. Down. payment was $21,000.00.

    Money was very scarce during these times, and I had to hitchhike to Seattle to work out the deal with Mrs. Mirza Martin and her attorney.

    On one occasion I had to take the late last ferry from Seattle to Port Ludlow. It so happened no automobiles on the ferry were going to Port Angeles, so I started walking from Port Ludlow to Port Angeles. By daylight the next morning after walking all night I finally made it to Blyn, W A. A car finally came along and I got a ride to Port Angeles.

    I decided to form a corporation to handle the purchase matter of the Sol Due Hot Springs property. I hired Mr. W. F. Phillips, attorney, who was upstairs in the old Eagles Bldg. at the time, to draw up the incorporation papers. I hitchhiked to Olympia, Washington to see that the incorporation papers were properly filed. Hitchhiking from Olympia back to Port Angeles, I became stranded in Hoodsport and had to spend the night there.

    I finally located three other gentlemen and their wives who were interested in the purchase
    and operation of the Sol Due Hot Springs Resort property. I contacted my uncle and aunt
    in Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hancock; Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Tully, and Mr. and Mrs.
    Roy Stafford. The four of us agreed to each subscribe to the purchase of 25 percent of the
    incorporation stock.

    The purchase was made and we started the resort operation in 1944.
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    THIS IS MY FAIRY TALE  INSIDE STORY how I found my park in 1944, as described above, how my park found me, living inside of my Olympic National Park when I was three years old.

    Arriving at Sol Duc Hot Springs in 1944, is one of my first memories, it was freezing cold and the ground was white…. I thought it was snow. Mom said it was just thick frost.

    So there I was with my family, at Sol Duc Hot Springs, in the Sol Duc Valley surrounded by my park.

    It was the beginning of my enchanted fairy tale childhood and it lasted for almost nine years.

    What an ideal way to spend my childhood, nine years, 1944-1953 living in a Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort rustic, charming, four room cabin built by the Martin brothers in 1921.

    How rustic and charming was our cabin? We had only cold running water, , a big wood range in the kitchen, with a screened wooden cooler for food, a bathroom with no bath tub (we took our baths and did our laundry in hot mineral in the basement of the store) We had another wood stove in the front room. The back porch was a woodshed with a kids swing. Electricity was provided by a waterwheel . We had no telephone and one radio with one radio station.

    How rustic was our cabin? Well, by today’s standards…pretty rustic…

    We had the wild bears that ripped off the screened wooden food cooler on our kitchen and dumped over garbage cans on a regular basis.

    we had raccoon’s, Bantam Chickens and SKUNKS living and fighting under our cabin.

    We had wild deer that took apples from our hands at our kitchen window.

    Our rustic Sol Duc cabin was surrounded by towering cottonwood, evergreens trees and an additional 87 rustic cabins built by the Martin brothers in 1921.
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    As Dad said, Money was very scarce during these times…

    I don’t remember being poor, but I’m guessing we were poor and lived very frugally. Mom made all of our clothes, we got two pair of shoes a year, winter shoes in the fall and summer sandals and a new dress (one of my dresses was made out of silk from a World war II parachute) for EASTER. Making it do in World War two, we had skirts of raw silk too.

    In the summer, my winter shoes, with the toes cut out, because they were too small, became my CREEK SHOES.

    I didn’t own a store bought doll until I was eight years old. My two sisters and I shared one homemade doll called “Fatty”

    I don’t remember any toys? I don’t think they had been invented yet…

    We looked on the ground for and collected tax tokens, three of them equaled one penny.
    one penny would buy candy. (they were green plastic or aluminum)

    There was so much more, than being poor…  Like living a wonderful fairy tale.
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    A bit of history WA State has always been TAXING
    Washington state caused a stir when their tax laws were passed and implemented on May 21, 1935. The US government and treasury department filed suit against the state of Washington claiming THE USE OF SALES TAX TOKENS AS AN ASSAULT ON US COINAGE. The governor of Washington refused to back down and the issue was tabled by the government.
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    Back to sharing my inside story, living inside my park.

    MY FAVORITE MEMORIES, OF PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

    It was unbelievably, wonder- full, delightful, wet, exciting and wild living on 320 acres of private property. (kind of like a fairy tale)

    A PRIVATE POOL
    In 1944, after my mother removed years and tons of accumulated leaves with a wheel barrow from the little pool, we had our own private small hot mineral swimming pool that winter and every winter after…

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    THE WONDERFUL DAYS OF SUMMER
    When Sol Duc Hot Springs was opened to and for PUBLIC USE
    Every rustic cabin was full
    The two swimming pools were full of splash happy people
    It was affordable for every working family
    Some family’s had a standing reservation for the same cabin every year
    Parking areas were full and over flowing
    The community kitchen and the surrounding area accommodated hundreds
    Campers Camped at the affordable Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Camp ground
    Fishing for trout in the Olympic National Park was a huge tourist attraction.

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    BACK THEN THERE WERE STILL FISH TO FISH FOR IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
    Hikers hiked to the lakes to fish, Fisherman and fisher-boys fished in the Seven Lakes Basin (actually eight) Sol duc, Long, Lunch, Morgenroth, No Name, Clear, Round, and Lake No. 8.  Other lakes are encountered along the way are not considered part of “seven lakes” include Heart Lake, Deer Lake and Mink Lake.

    And, the old folks, woman and little kids stayed at Sol Duc Resort and went swimming…
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    HOW DID THOSE TROUT EVERYBODY USED TO FISH FOR GET UP INTO THEM THAR HILLS?
    Great question, I just found the answer three days ago on Jan 18,2016 …
    During the summer of 1933 Snider CCC Camp enrollees worked with THE U.S. BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND THE STATE GAME COMMISSION TO PLANT 77,000 TROUT in the higher lakes and headwaters of streams in Clallam County THE CCC ASSISTED IN TRANSPORTING THESE FISH BY PACK HORSE TO REMOTE LOCATIONS IN THE OLYMPIC
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    AS INHOLDERS OUR FAMILY LIVED INSIDE OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK EVEN IN 1944 INHOLDERS WERE SUBJECT TO NATIONAL PARK RULES AND LAWS

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    I don’t know exactly how old I was when I realized that living inside my park had drawbacks. When I noticed the look on my parents faces when they heard the rumble of the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill’s car crossing the bridge?

    It only happened, you could only hear the rumble of a vehicle crossing the bridge and echoing through the valley, when Sol Doc Hot Springs was closed for the winter.

    What did I know and when? I was just a little kid…

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    When I was older, I knew why the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill showed up.. and I DID NOT LIKE HIM.

    It was illegal to shoot off fireworks in every National Park, even on your own 320 acres of private land.

    If we saw him, we knew he was on our private land to inspect, to see what was going on, Two Gun Merrill was there to force and/or enforce National Park laws and rules, including writing tickets for violations.

    Fun and games on the Fourth of July, you bet. There was only one park ranger. In the summer time there were lots of kids, even kids with cars. Kids like to shoot off fire crackers, this is the game of tag that we played with Two Gun Merrill. It was about a mile from behind the big pool to the community kitchen . So, we kids, would shoot off a bunch of fireworks behind the big pool… Two Gun Merrill would come running.. Then we kids would jump in the car and go down to the community kitchen and shoot off more fireworks. Back and forth, laughing our heads off.

    How old was I? just a kid… OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER.
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    When I was older, I kind of sort of figured out why the Park Ranger, two gun Merrill showed up in the winter time . It was illegal to shoot off guns/firearms in every National Park, even on your own 320 acres of private land.

    As Dad said, Money was very scarce during these times…
    Feeding a family of six was expensive.
    I knew what the sound of an echoing firecracker/gunshot would do.
    I never saw the illegal shooting or dressing of a deer, But I’m sure our family, by definition ate camp meat: illegal venison.
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    BACK WHEN THERE WERE STILL FISH TO FISH FOR IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    BEFORE THE TROUT WERE ELIMINATE BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, TO PROTECT THE NOT SO ENDANGERED SPECIES LIKE LONG TOED SALAMANDERS AND FROGS

    Dad went fishing for trout up in the Seven Lake Basin.

    We had a walk in freezer up at the Sol Duc Store.
    As a kid, I ate a lot of free trout when I lived in my, Olympic National Park
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    HOW DID OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK RANGER, “TWO GUN MERRILL”

    GET HIS NAME? URBAN LEGEND HAS IT..
    THAT IN AN ATTEMPTED QUICK DRAW PRACTICE, HE ACCIDENTLY SHOT OFF ONE OF HIS TOES
    An urban legend is a secondhand story, alleged to be true
    and just plausible enough to be believed
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    The bottom line
    MY INSIDE STORY, ON MY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS A LONG HISTORY TO SHARE AND WILL REQUIRE A SERIES OF POSTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.
    To be continued….