In March of 1980, I was flying back to Portland from a planetarium conference. The pilot diverted the airliner so we could see the black smudge of the first eruption on the slopes of Mount St. Helen’s (The second picture). I realized that history was in the making, the mountain was now Volcano St Helen’s. Upon getting back to OMSI I mobilized my Planetarium staff to prepare the story of Volcano St. Helen. We made arrangements with OMSI’s Aviation Committee to fly around and record the events as they happened. We asked people to send in their pictures... Our Volcano Production, “Volcano St Helen’s” opened at the end of June, 1980.

    In the Fall of 1980 I was hired as a consultant to the firm that the USFS contracted to design and build a public Volcano St. Helen’s Observatory.  They had planned to build only at Silver Lake about 40 miles from the Volcano and go no further. I helped convince them to build facilities much closer at Coldwater and Johnston’s Ridge! If you haven’t been, go! The Camera by the way is a Canon Rebel XT with various lenses.

Click here to go to St. Helens National Volcanic Monument’s Web Site 

Mount Volcano St. Helensfile://localhost/Volumes/Photo2/Pictures/iPhoto%20Library/Modified/2006/StHelens/sthelens6part-smaller%7Blens%7D.tif

6 part 10,000 pixel panorama