Contributions

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Winter mists at the Big River Bridge

No, not contributions as in $! Most of the photos and other material on this website have been gathered first hand during many hikes, climbs and explorations in the valley. Brad Allen of middleforkgiants.com generously contributed all of the material he had collected when he decided not to pursue development of that website. For older material, the Seattle Times historical archive, History Link, Pack & Paddle magazine, Signpost magazine, Washington Trails Association, UW Special Collections, Harvey Manning’s guidebook writing along with Bob & Ira Spring’s photos, Carl Driesbach’s hard to find Middle Fork Guide, the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, and the Mountaineers archive have been valuable sources of information and content.

Some of the most interesting material has been contributed by individuals with a long history in the valley. And while landscape photos are beautiful, it takes thousands of years to see significant changes in the mountains and valleys so those are not the highest priority for me (unless you’ve got some from the last ice age!). On the other hand, human impact and unusual weather happens much faster and is often more ephemeral where it’s not possible to go get a photo now. So this is a request to consider contributing photos or videos that show trails, roads, washouts, landslides, floods, fires, clearcuts, trailheads, cabins, bridges, junk, vandalism, campgrounds and the like. I can help with the digital conversion from almost any old media and will return it promptly along with high resolution digital versions. I also welcome hearing about any history, epic hikes/climbs, stories or adventures you’ve had in the Middle Fork. I generally don’t include anything about North Bend or the details of the logging activity other than what it left behind. Those topics are already well covered by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum. Some specific things I’d most like to learn or see photos of are

  • How Mount Teneriffe and Russian Butte got their names to add to this list of place names
  • Any photos from first ascents or other early climbs of peaks in or around the Middle Fork, especially Garfield
  • Photos of the mailbox on Mailbox Peak before 1993
  • Photos of the cabins below Dutch Miller gap from the 1920s when they were standing
  • Photos and stories of driving up the CCC and Taylor River roads while they were still open
  • Photos of when the Taylor River trailhead bridge burned in the 1980s
  • A photo of the old railroad bridge, or it’s remains, where the Lake Dorothy Bridge now stands

Email me at monty.vanderbilt@gmail.com if you can help, or have any questions, ideas, or referrals.

The photos below are not all on the website in context yet, but they are an sampling of the most desired kinds of pictures.

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1987: Don Goodman, Allen McGuire, and Juan Lira’s Garfield climb

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1997: The original mailbox on Mailbox Peak by John Maher

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1963: Clark Stockwell on the first ascent of Burntboot Peak

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Road side junkyard by Bruce Heine

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2009: Inside the shack on Teneriffe Mountain shortly before it was torn down by the DNR. By Karen Portin

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2005: Cabin at the base of Russian Butte removed when the property was acquired by King County. By Mark Boyar


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1977: Temporary Taylor River bridge after it was washed out in 1975. By Neil Hinkley.

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2009 flood damage by Aaron Pease

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1973: Cable bridge over the Middle Fork leading to the Pratt River valley, washed away during a flood in the 1970’s. By Neil Hinkley

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2005: Car stranded in a huge puddle at the “Mud Pit”. By Tom Davenport