Mt. Rainier

QUESTION:  Mount Rainier was welcomed into the National Park System in what year?
A)  Trick question. Mt. Rainier is not part of the NPS.
B)  1789
C)  1899
D)  1929

The American Treasure Tour blog is celebrating a new week with a new theme.  Okay, fine. An old theme revisited. Philumeny, the collecting of matchbooks. Today, we are going to honor a beautiful destination in the state of Washington:  Mount Rainier.  The matchbook itself is surprisingly well done, revealing the majesty of one of the most recognizable natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.  It also happens to be considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. 

The International Association of Vulcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (or maybe more easily remembered as IAVCEI) regards sixteen volcanoes around the world as "Decade Volcanoes" - which basically means that should any of them erupt, the destruction in their path thanks to a number of different elements could be truly catastrophic.  Mounts Vesuvius and Etna in Italy are two of them, and Rainier is the only one in the United States. One of the primary dangers with Rainier is what is called lahars. Rainier is covered in glacial ice that, should the intense heat of an eruption melt it, will cover the entire region in a massive mud- or lava flow that would pretty much decimate everything in its path. To date, there has been no solid evidence that Rainier is preparing to erupt, so until then it should be considered a must-stop destination the next time you visit Washington.  Its beauty and majesty is truly something to behold. 

ANSWER:  C)  1899.  It was the fifth site in the United States given National Park status.