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Then and Now: Olympic and Tacoma, Washington

2012 June 25

This week, the Traveling Exhibit continues it’s tour back in the Seattle, Washington area. It will be on display through Friday, June 29 at the Discovery Park Learning Center.
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Continuing the challenge to match Documerica images in the Pacific Northwest now, check out these scenes taken around the Olympic Mountains and Tacoma, Washington in the mid 1970s.

DOCUMERICA Location Challenge: Olympic and Tacoma, Washington

For a chance to be featured in the 2013 U.S. National Archives Exhibit: Searching for the Seventies: EPA’s Documerica Project in Washington, D.C., give this latest Location Challenge a try over the summer, or find another image closer to home by following directions below.

These featured photographs were taken forty years ago. Submit your shots to State of the Environment on Flickr and let us know which Documerica image you matched in your photo caption.

DOCUMERICA: Clear-cut area on the Satsop River drainage system, looking to the southwest in Olympic National Timberland, Washington. Near Olympic National Park, 05/1973 Unidentified.

DOCUMERICA: Clear-cut area on the Satsop River drainage system, looking to the southwest in Olympic National Timberland, Washington. Near Olympic National Park, 05/1973 Unidentified.

DOCUMERICA: A (planted) Douglas fir seedling and the stump of the Douglas fir it is to replace in the foreground with a long shot view of a clear- cut in the Olympic National Timberland, Washington. Near Olympic National Park, Washington. April, 1973.

DOCUMERICA: A (planted) Douglas fir seedling and the stump of the Douglas fir it is to replace in the foreground with a long shot view of a clear- cut in the Olympic National Timberland, Washington. Near Olympic National Park, Washington. April, 1973.

DOCUMERICA: Sign put up by the St. Regis pulp mill amid clutter of logs Tacoma skyline in background, 09/1972 by Doug Wilson.

DOCUMERICA: Sign put up by the St. Regis pulp mill amid clutter of logs Tacoma skyline in background, 09/1972 by Doug Wilson.

DOCUMERICA:Smog covers Tacoma, obscuring the foothills below Mount Rainier, 06/1973 by Doug Wilson.

DOCUMERICA: Smog covers Tacoma, obscuring the foothills below Mount Rainier, 06/1973 by Doug Wilson.

These images give us an idea of what our lives and our environment was like in Washington state in the early 1970s. How does it compare today?

Telling the story of change is up to you. Share photos of the landscapes, the people and the way of life for State of the Environment. Search the full Documerica collection to locate and match images closest to you. All ‘Then and Now’ entries will be considered for the larger Washington D.C. exhibit.

When you follow that link above, you’ll come to a search page like this. Simply type in your town or state to see images of the past. Enjoy, have fun, and we can’t wait to see your contributions to this historic project!

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