Klondike event looks at how history shaped Seattle

Staff reportMay 25, 2014 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park’s will hold a daylong First Thursday celebration June 5. Running 9 a.m.-8 p.m., the free event is an opportunity to discover Seattle’s past and explore how local history continues to shape the city.

Visitors of all ages can participate in history-themed crafts, including paper crafts and jewelry making. Throughout the day, park rangers will present gold-panning demonstrations.

The day also includes two presentations.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m., Kevin Bartoy, an archaeologist and cultural resources lead with the state Department of Transportation’s Northwest region and ferries division, will discuss the laws and regulations that are in place to allow for the consideration of cultural resources in federal and state planning projects, according to a park news release.

From 6:30-7:30 p.m. the speakers will be Laura Phillips, the archaeology collections manager at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and David B. Williams, a geologist, local history expert, and author of the upcoming book “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography.” They will talk about the ways in historic Seattleites altered the local topography to accommodate the needs of the developing city.

The park is at 319 2nd Ave. S., Seattle. For more information, visit nps.gov/klse or call 206-220-4240.

April Park visits

Mount Rainier

April 2014: 31,295

April 2013: 14,102

Difference: 121.92 percent

Year to date 2014: 85,695

Year to date 2013: 75,089

Difference: 14.12 percent

After major declines in February and March, the park saw its best April count since 2004, when there were 34,417 recreational visits. Park officials said better weather conditions last month led to the large increase. The big month also helped the park erase its nearly 11 percent year-to-date deficit compared with last year’s count.

Olympic

April 2014: 163,050

April 2013: 124,456

Difference: 31 percent

Year to date 2014: 421,670

Year to date: 2013: 403,380

Difference: 4.5 percent

This was the best April in more than a decade. In April 2003, the count was 183,861. Last month’s increase was driven by a nearly three-fold jump in visits to the Kalaloch District.

National Park Service

April 2014: 23,861,023

April 2013: 22,517,554

Difference: 5.97 percent

Year to date 2014: 62,322,351

Year to date: 2013: 63,230,911

Difference: -1.44 percent

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