Entrance to Ole's Lava Cave, Mt. St. Helens - 1905


Entrance to Ole's Lava Cave, Mt. St. Helens - Willis W. Vail

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Ole's Cave is the second longest lava cave in the Mt. St. Helens area, second only to the better known Ape Cave. It was discovered in 1894 by Ole Peterson, who farmed in the area. Ole began leading tours of his discovery, and thus his cave became Washington State's first commercial cave.

This early photo, dated 1905, was probably during that time period, and a log cabin structure can be seen to the left. Ole's cave is about 6,500 feet long, compared to Ape Cave's 13,200 feet. Today it is managed by the U. S. Forest Service.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1252
Photographer Willis W. Vail
Location Washington State
Subject Rock Formations
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.8 x 7.7 inches
Photographer's Number Number 1344