Mount Rainier erupts on October 19, 1873.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 10/16/2003
  • 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.


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

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