St. Helens eruption 38 years ago

Published May 18, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

Today marks 38 years since the Mount St. Helens eruption that claimed 57 lives. Among those killed was 84-year-old lodge owner Harry Truman, who refused to leave his home despite weeks of natural activity that led to the May 18, 1980 eruption. The violent explosion of the Cascade Range’s most active volcano had been its first major event in more than a century. A series of small earthquakes at the volcano had begun a couple of months earlier. Pictured here are the cover and a couple of inside pages from a magazine published in 1981 in Truman’s memory. The magazine was among a number of publications gifted to me from the estate of my friend Don Coughlin.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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