National Geographic : 1961 Mar
Glacier Peak, queen of the Cascades, bathes in the gold of sunrise; her reflected glow bearded young men of the Bear Creek Min ing Company live, their needs supplied by helicopter (pages 356 and 357). Mr. C. H. Burgess, President of the com pany - a subsidiary of Kennecott Copper told me that if enough copper was found to warrant production, an access road would eventually have to be built along the Suiattle River. And a mining town. I had visited one such place, Holden, on the outskirts of this wilderness. Today it is a ghost town. Television antennas still sprout from the battered roofs of its silent cottages. Stop signs punctuate its empty streets. Six hundred people lived in Holden, employed 366 by the Howe Sound Mining Company. Then, in 1957, the copper played out, everyone moved away, and the town died. Last fall the mining company made a gift of Holden to the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle, which plans to make a national youth camp out of it. Walking through the town, Andy and I explored the hut that the Holden Boy Scout Troop had barely finished before they left. In the brand-new recreation building we found bowling alleys complete with pins and balls. We even bowled a game. We met teen-age Janet Adams sitting on the post office steps. She said she had lived here all her first 15 years.