The SUNRISE Lodge was built in 1931 at the Sunrise area of
Mount Rainier Nat'l Park. It was never fully completed.
The building was originally planned as a large hotel, but
due to financial difficulties only this section, a 1/4 of
the original plan, was constructed to serve primarily as a
cafeteria for park visitors and a dormitory for park
employees. The building still functions as such today.
Other than fire safety devices being installed and a few
remodels to dorm rooms, the building's exterior and interior
remain the same as when built in 1931.
An interesting trail in the area is the Glacier Basin Trail.
It leads to an area that was mined for copper at the turn of the
last century. In 1902, a claim was established based upon
ore samples valued at $450.00 per ton. Nothing of commercial
value was ever found, and the mine closed in 1957. An old
wagon road that has been rehabilitated into a trail passes
the wreakage of a sawmill, powerplant and miner's bunkhouse.
The trail continues from the basin toward 'Interglacier,' a
popular climbing route rising out of the flowers and onto the
Schurman-Emmons route of awesome Mount Rainier.
When I took this photo, it was the 50th Anniversary of the
completion of Sunrise Lodge! I just had to go in and receive
my free hot dog and soft drink, something I had RELISHED
since leaving Puyallup earlier that morning. This is the
same day I hiked to the top of Burroughs Mountain, the remnant
of a lava flow which filled an ancient canyon, and possibly
the finest example of alpine vegatation in the Cascades.
"Hey, check out that yellow Datsun with the conspicuous
BROWN PAPER BAG on the ground next to it!!!"
Photo taken August 10, 1981 - Here's a view of MOUNT
RAINIER on that day!
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