Outdoor Recreation

Title

Outdoor Recreation

Description

Seeking excitement in their own backyard, local clubs in the Northwest formed to encourage outdoor activities, and organize group hiking and climbing trips in the early 1900s. One of the earliest, The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mount Hood brought people in the Portland area together for trips to Crater Lake and Mount Rainier. In 1915, a group of librarians formed the Spokane Walking Club, for women only. This organization later allowed men to join and became The Spokane Mountaineers, who presently organize hundreds of outdoor trips a year. Outside of these private clubs, awareness of the need for outdoor recreation grew. In 1921, land on Mount Spokane was indirectly purchased by Spokane County, and in 1927 it became a state park. The sport of skiing grew with private ski clubs and after World War II Mount Spokane became a popular ski area. The Northwest is still a popular destination for those who seek adventure in the outdoors and will continue to draw people from all over the world.

Items in the Outdoor Recreation Collection

Spokane -- Picnics (#11)
"When the first Corbin Train ran to Loon Lake. Just a bunch of good natured Swedes and Irish on a picnic. Mrs. Dempsey and two girls inside of the tent."

Spokane Valley -- Swimmers (#01)
Children getting ready to swim.

Spokane -- Picnics (#01)
Methodist Church picnic by the falls.

Spokane -- Picnics (#05)
A picnic on the banks of the Spokane River.

Spokane -- Picnics (#06)
Picnicking along an unidentified road.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#17)
Group of unidentified hikers.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#02)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#03)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#04)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#05)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#06)
Unidentified hikers sitting on a rock, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#08)
A group of hikers at the Hutton Settlement.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#09)
A group of hikers overlooking the Spokane River.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#10)
"Signal Point Moutain. Elevation 5250 feet.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#11)
"Lunch - Four Lakes."

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#12)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#13)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#14)
Unidentified hikers with a campfire, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#15)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Hikes and Hiking (#16)
Unidentified hikers, 1921.

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#21)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#01)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#02)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#06)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens. Taken close to the new lodge site."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#07)
"Some ice formation on Elliot Glacier, Mt. Hood."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#09)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#10)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#12)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#17)
"Mazama Club on climb of Mt. St. Helens."

Northwest -- Mountaineers (#18)
"North view of Mazama Lodge."

Northwest -- Mountains -- Mt. Spokane -- Winter (#24)
"On the ski run with one of the lady members of the Spokane Ski Club speeding down the run."

Northwest -- Mountains -- Cascades (#03)
"Camp in the Cascades near Lake Chelan."

Northwest -- Mountains -- Mt. Baker (#01)
"Summer fun in the snow."

Northwest -- Mountains -- Mt. Spokane -- Winter (#01)
"Beginning of a ski run with 3 men ready to take off."

Northwest -- Mountains -- Mt. Spokane -- Winter (#03)
"Showing frost encrusted trees near the summit of the moutain"