+menu-


  • Category Archives The Olympic Hot Springs
  • 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.

    ————————————————————————-

    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..

    ————————————————————————-

    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.

    ————————————————————————-

    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?

    ——————————————————————–

    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 …

    —————————————————————————

    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.

    ————————————

    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.

    —————————————————————————–

    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…

    ———————————————————————————

    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.

    ———————————————————————-

    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

    ————————————————————-

    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”

    ————————————————————-

    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.

    ——————————————————

    CAUSE OF DEATH?  YOU DECIDE?

    DROWNING?  AFTER? YEARS OF WATER BOARDING PUNISHMENT?

    —————————————————————————

    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.

    ——————————————————————–

    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

    __________________________________________________________

    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;

    ——————————————————-

    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.

    —————————————————————–

    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

    ———————————————————————-

    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

    —————————————————–

    “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.

    —————————————————–

    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

    ————————————————————————

    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

    ——————————————————————————

     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.

    —————————————————————————–

    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 …

    —————————————————————–
    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”