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Title "FLAMING FORESTS, TERROR OF PIONEER DAYS"
Object Name Transparency, Slide
Date c. 1950
Photographer Parker McAllister
Description A pioneer family is running away from an approaching forest fire. The couple in the foreground are carrying a few belongings and a baby, and another man in back is holding a horse that is very excited.

The descriptions of the slides in this set were taken from a script continuity. An expanded description is available in the published article in The Times appearing on page 39 of the September 3,1950 magazine edition. The original description of this image from the script is as follows:

"In this picture we see the early settlers running for their lives away from the forest fire. They took only time to snatch a few of their belongings as they feared the fire would soon reach their small cabin.

For hundreds of years there have been forest fires, according to signs. Some were caused by Indian camp fires and others were set by lightning.

"The pioneers worked hard to clear their land for farming and they found it necessary to burn the brush. If they [sic] wind shifted suddenly the brush fire would spread quickly.

"If the early settlers found their cabin burned they simply went to work and rebuilt it. (Sept. 3, 1950)"


This is slide 106 of a series titled "Pacific Northwest 100 Years Ago" that was produced from original water colors by Parker McAllister, Staff Artist for the Seattle Times. The original paintings were put on Kodachrome slides by John William Thompson. Most of the paintings appeared as colored covers for the Seattle Sunday Times magazine section from November 1946 through November 1951, with the date of inclusion in the Times shown at the end of the script. Each painting is a more or less isolated event that occurred 100 years before the production and publication of the picture in the newspaper. Scripts for these pictures were produced for educational use, mostly by Lucile Saunders McDonald.

Collection Pacific Northwest 100 Years Ago - Slide Collection by Parker McAllister
Credit Line White River Valley Museum Collection.
Catalog Number PO-09719
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