Thursday, October 4, 2012

Photo of the day: Shadows of the Past

Grenville Allen by The Bacher Family
Grenville Allen, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Every year, staff permitting, the rangers at Mount Rainier National Park put on a living history presentation called "Shadows of the Past," in which visitors tour the Trail of the Shadows at Longmire by lantern-light meeting individuals from the park's history. No, this is not your everyday ranger -- you can tell by the old-style round badge above his heart, which differs from the shield-shaped badge used today. The actor is Jim Hinote, who's been serving as a ranger in our ranks for more than a decade and here portrays Superintendent Grenville Allen, the park's first superintendent in the early years of the 20th century. Behind him is Ben Longmire, son of James Longmire, who founded a settlement here in 1884 and served the first tourists with his family-run hotel.

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Dr. Roundtree, above, certified the "medicinal properties" of Longmire's Mineral Springs back in the late 1800s. The actor portraying him, Chris Roundtree, is not only a ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, but also the great grand newphew of the original good doctor!

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Above is James Longmire, portrayed by Steve Redman; below, John Muir (in progress), as played by Scott McLean.

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