Mount St. Helens – Fire Mountain

By | July 30, 2019

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Mount St. Helens Before 1980 Eruption. Source: (Wikimedia Commons)

Mount St. Helens was a beautiful snow-capped mountain but its beauty was quite deceiving. Behind that beauty was a destructive force capable of massive destruction of people, property, and land. Mount St. Helens is located in the state of Washington and is part of what is called the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. It once stood 8,364 feet before the year 1980.   

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Lewis and Clark Expedition. Source: (Wikimedia Commons)

In 1804, Lewis and Clark set out on an expedition called the “Corps of Discovery” commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson. They were to learn as much as they could about the area as they traveled. It was the hope of the president that their findings of the mountains, rivers, soil, vegetation, and animals as well as other particulars would be beneficial for the country. Mount St. Helens was just one of the mountains they came across. The other mountains were Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Rainier. Although Lewis and Clark sent raving reviews to the president about Mount St. Helens, the Indians called it Fire Mountain. What did they know that Lewis and Clark did not?