24 March 2010

[oregon] Mount Hood On One Of The First "America The Beautiful" Quarters

(via various) The US Mint is issuing more commemorative quarters, and coming out soon is going to be the one that I think should have been out all along – a quarter with Mount Hood – Wy'east – on.

The image is of Mount Hood over Lost Lake – as iconic an image of the mountain as exists. In its cohort, released this year as the first of the "America The Beautiful" series, commemorating national parks and forests and such, are Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park.

That's some company to be seen in. But Mount Hood National Forest is one of the "old fellows" of the National Forest System, having been in existence, in one form or another, since 1892 – when it was known as the Bull Run Forest Reserve. After merger with another nearby unit and two renamings, it was known as the Mount Hood National Forest since about 1924.

For me personally, being born in Oregon and living within sight of Mount Hood the majority of my live, the mountain is as much as anything else a potent symbol of place, and I think it well deserves to be on a quarter.

Mount Hood From Lost Lake. Photo Credit.

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