Frederick G. Plummer
IN: Holden, E.S., 1898, A catalogue of earthquakes on the Pacific coast, 1769-1897: Smithsonian Institution, City of Washington.
"Reported volcanic eruptions in Alaska, Puget Sound, etc., 1690 to 1896", by Frederick G. Plummer, March 13, 1896, IN: Holden, E.S., 1898, A catalogue of earthquakes on the Pacific coast, 1769-1897: Smithsonian Institution, City of Washington, p.24-27.
Reported Volcanic Eruptions on the Pacific Coast
The list of shocks printed in 1887, and those compiled during the succeeding years, contained many reported "eruptions" of mountains in the Puget Sound region. For a number of years I [the author, Mr. Holden] made it my business to apply by letter to intelligent observers in that neighborhood to determine whether Mount Baker and other mountains had ever certainly been known to be in eruption. Clouds hanging over the summit, snow blown from the slopes, etc., might, in my own opinion, account for all the reported phenomena. Still it was not possible to be certain either way, and I have left the accounts of such eruptions as they were first printed.
In 1896 Mr. Frederick G. Plummer, C.E., was kind enough to copy from his papers a list of the eruptions of Alaska volcanoes (1690 to date) and of the reported eruptions of the mountains around Puget Sound. This list was printed in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and is reprinted here. I have not incorporated this data in the catalogue of earthquakes which follows; it is more convenient in its present shape. Particular attention is called to the introductory paragraphs of Mr. Plummer's valuable list. Reports in the newspaper press on this subject are never decisive. To establish the fact of an eruption of one of the Puget Sound volcanoes it is necessary to have the report of an expert who was on the spot.
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