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Historic Paradise Camp Sign
of sign - Paradise Visitor Center, Mt. Rainier National Park
taken - July 2008
Historic Paradise Camp
you travelled to Paradise in the 1920s, this is what you would have
seen, a place filled with visitors hiking, enjoying wildflowers,
or staying overnight in a subalpine setting.
information, souvenir, and food facilities were designed to blend
with the natural landscape. At this location, you would
experienced the Paradise Camp, where campers enjoyed staying in
soft-sided tents, with the main building used for food
supplies, and even overnight accommodations in later years.
Today, the National Park Service is building a new visitor center,
returning the area to resemble the historic landscape of the early
The visitor center is being built over part of the former Paradise
Camp, to reclaim the original historic layout of the area.
to construction of the new visitor center, archeologists explored
this site for the remains of Paradise Camp Lodge. They
remains of the original building's foundation and basement beneath
the construction footprint you see before you.
of the early history of those recreating and working at Paradise
were found in smaller items such as ski pole baskets,
of glass, porcelain dinnerware and even a partially full whiskey
on the sign: In addition to the text there is a photo of
the former visitor center and an inset map showing the location
the new visitor center. The map overlay shows the layout of
the area after construction compared with the 1920s map. There
also an artists rendering of the new visitor center, designed in the
style of the historic buildings at Paradise, including a steep roof
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