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Port Angeles Evening News
My search through the Port Angeles Evening News was made possible by the index provided by Jacilee Wray, Cultural Resources Department, Olympic National Park (ONP). All issues were reviewed on microfilm at Port Angeles Public Library (PAPL).


Dec 7, 1933, p. 1 - "CCC Camps in Olympic Forest Make Fine Record in First Six Months"

Describes the progress of five CCC camps in constructing roads, trails, bridges, fire breaks, telephone lines, shelters, buildings and other works, beginning in the summer of 1933. The article includes a table and continues, "Prosaic figures--yet they are full of romance. They represent a capital investment in the future of the state and nation, first, in manhood, and second, in natural resources."


Mar 21, 1934, p. 1 - "Projects of CCC Vital to Port Angeles; Watershed Protection Provided By New Mountain Roads"

Describes progress on two new roads, from the Elwha River to Idaho Camp (Hurricane Ridge) and from Slab Camp to Deer Park. "The public will find the Idaho Camp and Deer Park roads not broad highways. [Now there's an understatement.] But travelers will discover them to be a high type of access into the very heart of a wonderful Olympic mountain region."

Jun 15, 1934, p. 8 - "Work on Salal Ridge Road to Start At Once"

"The road will be extended from Idaho camp, where the terminus now is [to] Obstruction Point, a distance of about nine miles. The road starts at the CCC camp on the Elwha river."

Aug 16, 1934, p. 1 - "New Mountain Road Opening on Week-Ends"

The Salal Ridge (Idaho Camp) road is scheduled to open on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. "The road has a fairly steep grade much of the way and makes many switchbacks, but is well provided with turnout places where vehicles may pass... Drivers should use no gear higher than second when coming down the long series of inclines... At the top, a branch goes up Hurricane Hill but foresters discourage public use of this fork of roadway."

Oct 12, 1934, p. 1 - "Road to Deer Park Opened; Work Finished"

Construction of the Deer Park road from Danz's ranch has now been completed and the road is open to traffic every day of the week.


Jan 15, 1935, p. 1 - "Survey For Road Across Olympics Gets Under Way"

The proposed road would cross the heart of the Olympics from west to east, starting at Lake Quinault, extending up the Enchanted Valley over Anderson Pass, then down the Dosewallips River to Hood Canal. [It was never built.]

Jan 30, 1935, p. 1 - "Forest Service Plans Ski Way at Deer Park"

"According to unofficial word from Olympia today, the forestry service plans construction of a lodge, individual cabins, a ski-way and general recreational features at Deer Park, terminus of one of the new CCC roads in Clallam county."

Jul 13, 1935 - "Mountain Road To Idaho Camp Open Two Days"

"Motorists are advised to be very careful on the Idaho Camp road. As long as they use caution and do not drive fast, they will find the trip one of great pleasure and scenic thrills. Grand views of the Olympic mountains, the Elwha river basin and surrounding country on all other sides are offered."

Sep 12, 1935, p. 9 - "Ski Huts May Be Built In Cascades"

Otto Sanford, outgoing president of the 425-member Washington Ski Club in Seattle, recommends "erection of ski huts throughout the Cascades, to increase the areas available for winter sports."

Oct 22, 1935, p. 6 - "Forest Service Moves To Help Winter Sports"

The Deer Park road has been graded in hope of keeping it open throughout the winter. "Snags are to be cleared out at Deer Park for a toboggan slide and ski run about 500 or 600 feet in length."


Aug 25, 1936, p. 1 - "Big Program of Development At Deer Park By Forest Service"

Improvments underway include a "mile-long ski-way," widening the roadways, a community center to accommodate at least 32 people overnight, a Boy Scout council fireplace, and camp grounds.

Dec 17, 1936, p. 7 - "Forest Service Will Keep Deer Park Road Open"

"Skiers should be gladdened by news that there is three feet of snow on the ski runs at Deer Park and that the U.S. forest service announces it will keep the road to that point open during the winter. Twenty intrepid winter sportsmen registered at Deer Park last Sunday and enjoyed a day of skiing."


Jan 11, 1937, p. 6 - "Deer Park Has Large Turnout, Bright Weather"

The previous Sunday saw an estimated 200 persons and 50 cars, "the largest crowd noted at Deer Park since the visit of Seattle skiers a year ago." The article notes: "Automobile parking space was congested, because of the unusually large number of cars, and officials of the Forest Serivce took note of this as one of the problems to be worked out as soon as possible..."

Jan 18, 1937, p. 8 - "First Ski races of Season Held Sunday At Park"

The Olympic Winter Sports Association held the first ski races of the season, a men's and women's downhill over a quarter-mile course. Jim Cahill of Port Angeles and Betty Morse of Bremerton won their respective classes.

Feb 11, 1937, p. 1 - "Sport At Deer Park Ski Center"

This front page photo shows a large number of skiers on an open slope with glades of trees in the background. The caption says the picture shows "part of the crowd of more than 500, including 100 Seattle Mountaineers, who invaded the region last Sunday. The 400 or more persons not appearing in the picture were having their fun over the many surrounding acres of easy, rolling slopes and sharp pitches that make Deer Park a skier's paradise."

May 19, 1937, p. 1 - "Estimate 2,500 Visit Deer Park In Past Winter"

A good summary of use during the winter. The largest number of visitors was on February 7, when the Seattle Mountaineers assembled there. Additional developments are planned during the summer, including a CCC camp, ski lodge and more ski runs.

Jul 3, 1937, p. 1 - "Hurricane Ridge Road Now Open To High Country"

The road has been reopened for the summer, but remains rough in places. The Deer Park road is in good shape. Interesting for historical context is the front page headline: "EARHART PLANE DOWN IN PACIFIC" above a photo of missing flyer Amelia Earhart.


Several articles paint a picture of Deer Park skiing during this time. I haven't made notes about them, but here are references:
1-12-38, p. 8: "Deer Park Now Winter Magnet For Ski Addicts"
1-17-38, p. 6: "Skiing By Moonlight In Snowstorm Enjoyed by Visitors At Deer Park"
1-19-38, p. 8: "Victorians At Deer Park For Winter Sports"

Mar 14, 1938, p. 6 - "Seattle Experts Dominate Racing At Olympic Meet"

A record crowd of over 800 visited the ski area for the Olympic Ski Club's first annual Deer Park ski championship, sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA). Kjell Qvale of the Seattle Ski Club won the combined downhill-slalom championship. The Olympic Ski Club now is the second largest organization in PNSA, with a membership of 230 or more. 150 members of the Seattle Mountaineers were also present, on a special outing. Dr. Otto Strizek of Seattle was the course setter. "[Strizek] declared he sees possibilities for one of the finest ski regions in existence in Deer Park and adjoining Olympic ranges. He envisioned the establishment of shelters at intervals and the development of cross-country skiing. 'It's a perfect setup here,' he asserted."

Apr 22, 1938, p. 8 - "Ski Expedition From Deer Park To Elwha Sunday"

Max Borst, Deer Park lodge caretaker, and some leaders of the Olympic Ski Club announced plans for a 17-mile cross-country ski trip from Deer Park to the Elwha over the connecting ridges. "We plan a survey of the cross country skiing possibilities and likely sites for ski huts," Borst said. "We're taking some movie cameras along and will make a pictorial record of the trip to show skiers and other interested persons on the Peninsula just what the lay of the land is in this mountain country."

Apr 25, 1938, p. 6 - "Explorers See Great Skiing Possibilities"

Led by Max Borst, fourteen skiers left Deer Park at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and completed the 17-mile trip by 5 p.m. A CCC truck met the group on the Elwha-Hurricane Ridge road above the 9-mile mark. The skiers were enthusiastic about the ski terrain they crossed, but returned "thoroughly convinced" of the need for huts along the way. Three motion picture cameras and a number of still cameras were taken along. A party of three Port Angeles boys, Dick Owens, Guy Montgomery and Frank Herron, made a "preview" trip over the same country on Saturday.

Jun 30, 1938, p. 1 - "The Olympic Park Is Created"

The news item is small, at the upper left corner of the page. The editor writes, "Little comment is needed now that the president has signed the Olympic national park legislation excepting to voice the hope that should he elect to expand the boundaries his ideas be not too liberal."

An accompanying article quotes Rep. Mon C. Wallgren of Everett, the bill's author: "I have urged against construction of expensive hotels and similar conveniences, urging instead development to meet the needs of the average tourists." Wallgren said he was of the opinion that the first addition to the park, under the power given to the president to add to its boundaries from time to time, would be the Deer Park area. "He pointed out this area is particularly adaptable to winter sports and would make a 'skiing paradise.'"


Jan 17, 1939, p. 6 - "Ski Tow Added To Facilities Of Deer Park"

A ski tow has begun operation for the first time at Deer Park. "The tow consists of an endless line powered by a small gas engine." The tow is presently 675 feet long but will be increased to 900 feet. The motor will be upgraded to pull four persons at a time up the hill. Rates range from four rides for 25 cents to an all-day fee of 75 cents.

More articles capture the local flavor of Deer Park skiing:

10-25-38, p 4: "Deer Park Ski Meet Again on P.N.S.A. Slate"
1-31-39, p. 5: "Ski Enthusiasts Seen in Different Garbs and Antics at Deer Park"
2-7-41, p. 6: "Ski Club Will Close Season With Big Party"


Apr 19, 1941, p. 1 - "25 Years of Progress"

This special edition celebrates the twenty-five year anniversary of the Port Angeles Evening News. It contains many short pieces covering local history during the period.

Ferry Service Observing 10th Birthday Soon

The Ballard-Ludlow ferry began operation in May 23, 1931. The ferry run was designed to fill a need for transportation between the Olympic Peninsula and the north section of Seattle at Ballard.

Dam, Mill, Railroad Started New Era Here

The lower Elwha Dam was dedicated on February 13, 1914.

Immense Scenic Area Devoted to Recreation Use

A brief history of Olympic National Park, from the earliest explorations to the creation of the park on June 29, 1938 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Wallgren bill. The park was originally 640,000 acres, but was increased to 835,411 acres in January, 1940 by presidential proclamation.

Roads, Trails Lead to Scenic Wonderland Inside Great Park

A good survey of roads and trails at the time of publication.

Popular Skiing Area of Olympic Park Near City

A good overview of Deer Park at the time of publication. The area includes practice slopes, "a downhill run of about one mile," and a class B jump (nearly completed). A 1000-foot rope tow pulls skiers up 300 feet in elevation. The tow operates on Sundays and holidays. The lodge facilities are detailed. Uphill traffic on the road is not allowed after 2 p.m. and downhill travel starts at 3 p.m.

Loop Opens Olympic Peninsula

On August 26, 1931 the Olympic Loop Highway, State Road No. 9, was officially opened.

Old Hot Springs Hotel

What appears to be a loose clipping captured on microfilm depicts the old Olympic Hot Springs hotel and store "25 years ago or a little earlier." The building, operated by Mr. and Mrs. William Everett was destroyed by fire about 1916 or 1917. The present hotel was rebuilt on the same site.

May 26, 1941, p. 5 - "Skiers At Soleduck Park Sunday Experience Finest of Spring Snow"

The article describes a trip on May 25 to the north slope of the High Divide by a group of skiers including Merritt Corbin, president of the Olympic Ski Club, Jim Lucas, ski club instructor and Deer Park Lodge operator, Charles Webster, Evening News publisher, and several others. The purpose of the trip was to determine skiing conditions on the High Divide after the snow had gone at Deer Park. "Leading skiers have increasingly felt the need of making available some other Olympic mountain area where the length of season would compare with that of the Cascade areas." The group was enthusiastic about the skiing, but concluded that new road construction to the foot of Soleduck Park would be required to make it accessible.

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