Ernest Hemingway convinces his kitty to try out corn.
In 1899, the United States Congress passed legislation creating Mount Rainier National Park. While many early visitors arrived by train, it soon became park policy to build a system of automobile roads so that a majority of visitors could see the park without leaving their cars. In 1911, people could drive from Longmire Springs to Nisqually Glacier if they bought a permit from the park superintendent .
In this photo, taken around 1910, a visitor to Mount Rainier National Park sits in a Flanders automobile under the entrance gate at Longmire Springs. The speed limit in the park ranged from 6 to 15 miles per hour, and drivers had to honk their horns at each curve in the road to alert oncoming horses and automobiles.
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