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Don Goodman - Personal Communication
E-mail correspondence, 21 August 2001Don sent me a message about a discovery he and his wife Natala made in the Cascades:I asked Don whether the register was actually on North Star Mountain, since I had begun to think that the Watson party had skied Cloudy Peak instead. He confirmed that it was in fact North Star.Natala discovered what may be the oldest Cascades register on the summit of North Star Mtn. (Bonanza area) last Monday. The container is a rusted metal rectangular box, approx. 1.5" X 2"X .5", possibly a match or pill box. Several very fragile pieces of paper are contained therein. The first page clearly indicates the date - September 25, 1900. Additional information on that first entry are nearly illegible. A follow-on page indicates "3rd Ascent - May 29, 1938" which would be the ski ascent indicated in Beckey by Ralph Eskenazi, Sigurd Hall, and Dwight Watson (from the Phelps Creek basin). Additional pages were too fragile to open without damaging them. The date of the ascent jibes with the early prospecting in upper Railroad Creek and it is likely the first ascent party consisted of miners exploring the high country.
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