Lulu M. Fairbanks was born in Ohio in 1888 and moved to Seattle in 1913. She taught school for five years,
then worked for the Port of Seattle until 1922. After leaving for a brief time, she returned in 1923 and became the
assistant editor of the
Alaska Weekly, a position she retained until 1956. Ms. Fairbanks promoted
knowledge and participation in Alaskan activities and was named Miss Alaska for life by the International Sourdough
Convention, an organization she had belonged to since 1931. She helped found the Washington Press Women and was the
president of the Seattle branch of the National League of Pen Women.
The Mountaineers was founded in 1906 with 110 charter members, half of them women. In the early years, many of
their activities were local walks and excursions. Full scale mountain climbs were also accomplished, such as Mount
Baker and Mount Rainier. Some of the original members of the Mountaineers were Edmond S. Meany and Henry Landes of the
University of Washington, and photographers Asahel Curtis and Lawrence D. Lindsley.
Album with 168 2-sided pages (most used on the front side only) recounting trips made by the Mountaineers
between 1913 and 1916.
Lulu Fairbanks kept this scrapbook on various trips she took with the Mountaineers into the Cascade Mountains
and around Puget Sound. As a journalist, she describes in colorful detail the landscapes they encountered, along with
the personalities and activities of the group. She describes the dedication and construction of the Mountaineers lodge
at Snoqualmie in June 1914. The scrapbook has typewritten commentary and is illustrated with original photographs,
pictures from books and magazines, and post cards. Relevant news articles are also included. Some of the excursions
began with a railroad journey, and the scrapbook contains several images of trains. Names of some members are provided,
and many geographic features are identified. Both summer and winter excursions are described and illustrated. The first
trip that Lulu Fairbanks describes, a visit to the Tulalip Indian Reservation, takes place in June 1912, when she says
she is not yet a member of the Mountaineers. The latest dated entry is en route to Snow Lake in May 1916.
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Lulu Fairbanks Mountaineers trips album, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
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Found in collection.
Processing Note :
The album pages were originally in a 3-ring binder. For preservation purposes, the pages were removed from the
binder and placed in archival folders, and retained their original order.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The first half of the album describes longer trips made by Fairbanks with the Mountaineers, largely to the
Mountaineers Lodge near Snoqualmie, as well as other locations.
Section titles written by Fairbanks are indicated by italics.
Seattle to Rockdale
On June 21, 1914, the hikers board the Milwaukee to Rockdale (near Snoqualmie Pass). Section contains
color postcards of the Olympian (train) and Mount Si, done by Asahel Curtis; magazine clippings; and photographs of
Granite Mt., Chair Peak, the Matterhorn, Mt. Defiance, McClellan's Butte, Mt. Denny, and the South Fork of the
1914 June 21
Dedication of Mountaineer Lodge - June 21,
Hikers leave the train and carry boards and bricks to the Mountaineer Lodge. Prof. Edmond Meany gives a
dedication Section contains an Asahel Curtis postcard of a train as well as photographs of the unfinished lodge and a
panorama of the surrounding peaks (Granite Mt., the Matterhorn, Chair Peak, Dennyhorn, Denny Mt., Snoqualmie Mt., Guye
Peak, Red Mt., Mt. Thomson, and Mt. Stewart).
1914 June 21
Surrounded by Mountain Peaks— Spending the Fourth
at the Mountaineer Lodge
Description of a hike from the Mountaineer Lodge to the Laconia railroad yard via Snoqualmie Pass.
Mentions devil's club and the nascent Sunset Highway (I-90) among other subjects. Section contains an Asahel Curtis
postcard of a train track; magazine clippings; pictures of waterfalls, the Lodge, and the surrounding peaks; and the
poem “In August” by Katharine Lee Bates.
A Week-end at the Lodge—August 14-15,
The author and friends canoe to the Ragnar train station, where they board a train to Rockdale. They
find the Lodge much improved. On a hike to the Snoqualmie River, they encounter men building the new Sunset Highway.
The next day they visit a mountain lake before returning to Seattle. Section contains many color postcards of river scenes; large magazine clippings of forested railroad
lines; and photographs of the group and the waterfalls they encountered around the lake. Also featured are images of
Sidney V. Bryant (namesake of Bryant Peak) and his wife.
1914 August 14-15
Labor Day at the Mountaineer Lodge—September 5-7,
The author follows a Mr. Playter on a hike to Snow Lake, while other Mountaineers climb Snoqualmie Peak.
They follow a trail made by 'United States Rangers' to large waterfalls and fields of heather. At night they listen to
President Meany's stories about a trip to Glacier Park. The next day, they help with lodge- and trail-building before
returning to the train. Section contains photos of the Lodge (with identifications of specific members and parts of the Lodge);
a panoramic photo of Chair Peak and Snow Lake; views of Matterhorn and Mt. Rainier from Chair Peak; a copy of Edmond
Meany's poem “The Eagle and the Peak”; and other miscellaneous photos from past trips.
1914 September 5-7
Helping Hand Day at Lodge—October 24-5, 1914
A large group gathers at the Lodge to ready it for winter. They celebrate Mr. Bryant's wedding
anniversary over dinner; the Lodge's architect, Carl F. Gould, makes an appearance as well. Section contains pictures
of the Lodge, ready for winter; views on Denny Mt. and Snoqualmie Pass; and a picture of some women en route to the
train at Rockdale.
1915 October 24-25
On the Big Lake—February 20-22, 1915
Section contains photos of snowshoeing and sledding on a lake.
1915 February 20-22
At the Lodge—February 12-13,
Section contains photos of the snowbound Lodge and its visitors, identifications of the surroundings
peaks, and a feature from
The Town Crier entitled “Through the Drifts of the Cascades.”
1916 February 12-13
Mr. Playter and Little Lake, together with his
views taken April 2, 1916
Section contains photos of the Cascades in spring, complete with peak identifications.
1916 April 2
En Route to Snow Lake—May 28,
Section contains photos of very deep snow around Guye's Peak and Guye's cabin.
1916 May 28
“Mountaineers Hold Wedding in Hills; Name of Bride is Kept Deep
Section contains full text of an article from the Seattle Sunday
1917 January 14
Mountaineers First Visit to Their Rhododendron
Lodge—December 19, 1915
Section contains story from the Mountaineer Bulletin regarding the group's purchase of 74 acres in
1915 December 19
A Visit to "One of the Largest Dams in the World"
in the Rain—Cedar River Dam in the Cascades, October 19, 1914
The author takes a tour of the Seattle Municipal Power Plant at Cedar Falls. City Councilman Cooley
answers questions about the artificial lake that will be created. Section contains fold-out map of Cedar River
watershed; a newspaper article about the dam; photos of the dam and of Cedar Lake itself; and a group photo of the
Mountaineers after their tour. There is also a compilation of Prof. Edmond Meany's poetry.
Short Hikes with the Mountaineers of Seattle,
The back half of the album begins with a title page Short Hikes with the
Mountaineers of Seattle, Washington and describes shorter hikes taken by Fairbanks with the group.
Section titles written by Fairbanks are indicated by italics.
Title page and poems
Includes the poems “Bluets” by Martha Haskell Clark and “Wanderlust” by Stacey M. Snow.
Two Visits to the Tulalip Indian
230 Mountaineers receive a warm welcome after arriving via boat. They hike on the beach and pick
daisies. The next trip, they have a clambake. Section contains many photos of Mountaineers (mostly women) having lunch,
listening to lectures, or picking daisies.
The Chico Huckleberry Walk:
Part of the group goes to Wildcat Lake, and part goes to Hidden Ranch. Section contains views of Hidden
Ranch, as well as the poems “Hidden Ranch” by Stacy M. Snow and “The Waiting Peace” by Amos R. Wells.
A Christmas-Greens Walk to the Snowy Hidden Ranch
via Elwood and Chico—December 20, 1914
The Mountaineers hike to snowbound Hidden Ranch and make Christmas wreaths from ferns, cedar, fir,
hemlock and spruce. Section contains assorted cut-outs as well as the poem “Flower and Seed” by Harriet Prescott
1914 December 20
Chicken Dinner via the Snow Route—Tracyton to
The Mountaineers battle snow and mud on their way to a chicken dinner at the Silverdale Hotel. Section
contains pictures of the hiking party at a distance, the hikers in front of the Silverdale Hotel, and a view across
Dyes Inlet towards the Olympics.
Southworth to Olalla via Fragaria—February 14,
A group of 187 enjoys a walk with views of Vashon Island and Mt. Rainier. Section features no original
1915 February 14
Silverdale to Hood Canal
The Mountaineers take a hike to the shores of Hood Canal, but high winds drive them off. Section
contains maps of Hood Canal and a photo of the Mountaineers taking lunch on a hillside.
Lake Burien via Crescent Beach and
The Mountaineers arrive via ferry and leave via rail; they pass through beaches, forests, and streams.
Section contains three excellent group photos.
Kirkland to Bellevue via Sturtevant
An uneventful hike to Bellevue. Section contains no original photography.
Around Mercer Island via the Trail
An uneventful trek around Mercer Island with Prof. Meany. Section contains a photo of the group eating
Apple Cider Walk on Mercer Island—February 28,
The group follows Mr. Carkeek on a slow walk around the island. Section contains no original
Colby to Port Orchard via Long
The group hikes to the Port Orchard Soldiers Home, adjacent to the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Section
contains a photo of some Mountaineers late to board their boat at the end of the hike.
Amidst the Apple Blossoms on Vashon Island—Cove to
Section contains a photo of some Mountaineers enjoying apple blossoms.
Port Madison to Eagle Harbor
The group passes the Yeomalt Country Club, Yeomalt Point and the YWCA on their way to the ferry at Eagle
Harbor. Section contains three photos of the Mountaineers eating lunch.
Port Madison to Crystal Springs in the
The group hikes to Manzanita and then to Crystal Springs, despite adverse weather; Section includes an
excellent photo of the 'coffee line' at lunch.
Across Bainbridge Island via Picturesque
Trails—Gibson to Eagle Harbor
Some of the Mountaineers bring their dogs along to enjoy the scenery. Section includes photos of the
group gathered on a beach.
A Beefsteak Dinner via the Log Route—Sandy Point to
Point No Point, Along Beach at High Tide
The group encounters many logs on their way to a beefsteak dinner with huckleberry pie. Section contains
no original photography.
Mystery Walk Thru Rain—Cowen to Ravenna Parks: October 24, 1915
Prof. Gavett leads the hikers through poor weather to the Ravenna Park Pavilion. Section includes a
newspaper clipping about a valuable ginseng root that the Mountaineers found during this hike.
1915 October 24
To Maple Leaf via Cowen and Ravenna
The Mountaineers cross what was once farmland to get to Maple Leaf. Section contains no original
A Seven Mile Walk to Sand Point via the Woods,
Beach, & Strawberry Patch
The hikers skirt the edge of Lake Washington and encounter Japanese women working in strawberry fields.
Section contains no original photography.
Four walks: Alki to Lincoln Beach; Kenyon St. to Gabe (Renton Line); 19th & E. Galer to Madison St.
via Lake Washington; Kirkland to Northrup