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Rock inscribed on Pikers Peak, Mt Adams
Arthur Jone's 1923 inscription at Pikers Peak

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lcarreauWho was Arthur Jones?

lcarreau

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A miner? A climber? A miner who liked to climb? What is a piker ...

Is there a story behind this?
Posted Aug 10, 2009 9:17 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Who was Arthur Jones?

Deltaoperator17

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Piker via Websters:

one who does things in a small way! Arthur Jones was the lookout guard for the mining company and he inscribed the rocks at Pikers Peak. Tale was he taunted the hikers and climbers out of boredom. Further tale tells us he went missing and they never found his body.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 9:35 pm

lcarreauRe: Who was Arthur Jones?

lcarreau

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What were they mining for? Sulphur?

I remembered smelling sulphur the last time I
climbed Adams.

They really had it tough back then.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 10:13 pm

Deltaoperator17Re: Who was Arthur Jones?

Deltaoperator17

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Yes but they failed.
Posted Aug 11, 2009 12:10 am

MalibuRe: Who was Arthur Jones?

Malibu

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Pretty much what Steve said. The building at the summit was originally a fire lookout that was begun in 1918 and took 3 summers to haul material up to and build. It was abandoned as a lookout after 2 years of operation because it was too impractical. That would have been around 1923, the summer Arthur made his mark. From what I read, he worked as a fire watcher and that the sulfur mining came later. That idea, too, was abandoned as impractical.
Posted Aug 11, 2009 10:09 am

MalibuInteresting web page...

Malibu

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http://www.firelookout.com/wa/mtadams.html
Posted Aug 11, 2009 10:51 am

lcarreauRe: Interesting web page...

lcarreau

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Thanks! I climbed Mt. Adams with my brother
in 1983, and I've never heard of this until
now.

For some reason, we didn't see the fire tower. It must have been covered with snow.
Posted Aug 11, 2009 12:00 pm

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