May 18, 1980 - thirty three years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted. Fifty seven lives were lost and the landscape was devastated.
"Mt. St. Helens Eruption on May 18, 1980. This picture, looking northeasterly, was taken about three hours after the start of the eruption. A sea of dust and ash covered much of Eastern Washington and parts of Idaho and Montana. The steam to the left is Spirit Lake evaporating." - U. S. Geological Survey.
The area hasn't really regained the natural beauty it lost one third of a century ago but it is slowly recovering.
Enjoy these pre 1980s postcards.
"Beautiful Washington - Mount St. Helens, Alt. 9750 ft"
"Spirit Lake and Mt. St. Helens in scenic Southwest Washington"
"Mt. St. Helens from Spirit Lake, Washington."
"Mt. St. Helens (9,671 feet) and Spirit Lake in Washington State"
"Mt. St. Helens & Spirit Lake. Canoeing on lovely Spirit Lake with 9677 foot Mt. Saint Helens in background. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in S. W. Washington. Lake is 42 miles east of Interstate Highway No. 5 at the end of State Highway No. 504."
"Mt. St. Helens"
"Mt. St. Helens, Washington, is caught by the rising sun casting her reflection in one of the beautiful lakes surrounding the peak. This once volcanic cone is the center of a large recreational area offering skiing, hiking, fishing. Reached over Highway 18 via Spirit Lake."