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View of new Tacoma and Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, Washington Territory, 1878.
This map shows Mount Rainier back in 1878, before it became a National Park

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Mount Rainier in Central Washington Became a National Park
March 2, 1899

Generations of Northwest Native Americans made their home at the base of Rainier. They called their mountain Tacoma (or Tahoma) and viewed it as a symbol of power. English explorer George Vancouver saw the huge mountain when he sailed into Puget Sound in 1792. He named it Rainier to honor his friend, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier. The famed naturalist John Muir visited the Rainier region more than a century later. He first recommended that the area be preserved as a park.
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