Enchanted Valley Chalet History of Olympic National Park
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"sic erat scriptum" - "thus was it written"
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The reader will find many spelling errors in the text that spell check did not catch. The words are
spelled correctly, but not used correctly. Elder Bob left many of them as written.
The Enchanted Valley Chalet is historically significant as an example of rustic
architecture and recreational development in the western United States. Today it
is the largest log structure in the Olympic Mountains and is the only surviving
example of backcountry commercial developments within the park. It is significant
to the local communities in Quinault and the Grays Harbor area because of its
historical association with longtime residents such as the Olson family and members
of The Olympians hiking club. Architecturally, the building retains a high degree
of integrity in its remote location, setting, vernacular design, materials, fine
craftsmanship, and feeling. Furthermore, the Chalet is a valuable illustration of
how people impacted the Olympics throughout the nineteenth century, including
exploration, settlement, resource exploitation, recreational development, national
defense, and wilderness stewardship.
Draft of Main Report Body - 1
Draft of Main Report Body - 2
Appendix A - Building Drawings
Appendix B - Historic Photos
Appendix C - NPS Photos
Appendix D - Enchanted Valley Chalet Historical Timeline
Appendix E - Bibliography