This is a special place for me, as I always reflect about the Press expedition who named this portion of the Elwha River "Goblin's Gates," because some of the rock formations looked like Goblin's faces. I've read, that since that time, 1890, some of the faces have fallen into the river.
In the winter of 1889-1890. During the fall of 1889, the year Washington became a state, the Seattle Press newspaper called for "hardy citizens . . . to acquire fame by unveiling the mystery which wraps the land encircled by the snow capped Olympic range." This call was answered by James Christie, who volunteered to organize an expedition if the Press would finance it. The Press Party consisted of six men (one of them left the expedition early; five completed the trip) whom the Press described as having "an abundance of grit and manly vim," four dogs, two mules, and 1500 pounds of supplies. This group entered the Olympics in December 1889, one of the harshest and snowiest winters in the Peninsula's history.
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~ Autumn and Winter~