This photo is from Kent’s Shin family collection of photos. The people are not named, but it is noted on the back where & when it was taken: “At the mouth of the tunnel Monte Cristo, July 16, 1902”
“Monte Cristo became Washington state’s most famous gold and silver mining town of the 1890s. Located in the rugged Cascade Mountains of Washington State in eastern Snohomish County, its mineral resources first were located in 1889. With investment in the mines by a New York syndicate backed by John D. Rockefeller, a railroad was constructed to bring down ore for smelting at the new city of Everett, also a Rockefeller development. Hit by financial disasters during the panics of 1893 and 1907, active mining ended shortly before World War I. In the years since, the site has become a popular destination for thousands of hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, and families fascinated both by the history of the town and its spectacular setting, surrounded by peaks up to 7000′ high in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area.”
-The Monte Cristo Preservation Association
( http://mc-pa.org/?page_id=121 )
Lots of fun treasures at our Plant & Book Sale today! Come on down, it runs until 2pm!