Mount Rainier erupts on October 19, 1873.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 10/16/2003
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5573

On October 19, 1873, at about 4 o'clock p.m. "clouds of smoke were seen pouring from the highest peak of Mount Rainer [sic]." People continue observing the outpouring of smoke until clouds obscure the mountain near nightfall.

Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., a slight earthquake had preceded Mount Rainier's eruption. It is unknown how long the volcanic eruption lasted because the following day the mountain was hidden in clouds.


Sources: Puget Sound Dispatch, October 23, 1873, p. 2.

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