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PostTue Oct 19, 2021 6:23 pm 
I found this old postcard that says Mt Rainier is, at 14,408', the highest mountain in the US.  I don't know how old the postcard is.  Wikipedia says Mt Rainier is 14,411'.  And Mt Whitney has been measured at 14,505' since 1988, but 14,494' or 14,496.811' before 1988.  (And Denali is higher than both of them and "in the US" when this postcard was published.)

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PostTue Oct 19, 2021 6:41 pm 
Mt Rainier has a prominence of 13,212 feet
Mt Whitney has a prominence of 10,079 feet
Denali is in Alaska,  which only became a US state in 1959.

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PostTue Oct 19, 2021 7:39 pm 
I read that postcards were one cent, except during WWI, until 1951.

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PostWed Oct 20, 2021 7:15 am 
My favorite pastime is arguing with others about whether or not prominence is more important than elevation.


Anyway Rainier is 10x cooler than Whitney and Elbert.

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PostWed Oct 20, 2021 1:02 pm 
Prominence and elevation are but two criteria. How about projection, isolation, visual appeal, and classic status?
https://trailcatjim.com/major-peaks-synopsis/

Map: https://trailcatjim.com/major-peaks-map/

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PostWed Oct 20, 2021 2:11 pm 
regardless of a few feet here and there, I didn't know anything having  to do with Spanaway was ever postcard worthy. Yet here we are.

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PostWed Oct 20, 2021 5:23 pm 
I have postcard that has an Idaho potato big as a flatbed  truck and another with a jackalope.  doh.gif

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PostFri Oct 22, 2021 5:36 pm 
I think those go with the "fur bearing trout" postcard I saw when I was a kid (and young enough not to know better)

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PostSat Oct 23, 2021 6:27 pm 
One of my prized possessions - buried in one of the boxes in the closet - is a postcard of Kent.  But before you think nothing beats a postcard of Kent, there's more to it:  the photo is actually of Centralia.  I knew it wasn't Kent when I bought it, but it took years of exhaustive research and travel to solve the mystery.   Worth the time and energy, though, as finally knowing which two of Washington's jewels made it onto one five-for-a-dollar art print was an incredible feeling.  Take that, Spanaway.

Anyway...good on Capt. Vancouver for discovering Mt. Rainier despite all those natives living nearby for ages.  Neat trick.

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PostSun Oct 31, 2021 9:26 pm 
Randito wrote:
Denali is in Alaska,  which only became a US state in 1959.

Of course, Alaska has been part of the United States since 1867, so it qualifies.

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PostSun Oct 31, 2021 10:18 pm 
Rainier's higher than Mt whitney!! Everybody knows. Its just California bias. It's all showbiz. Everybody knows. California showbiz always gotta be the star!!! Thus they cheated on the elevations! Everybody knows rainier is higher. Has to be!

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PostMon Nov 01, 2021 5:24 am 
Gil wrote:
Randito wrote:
Denali is in Alaska,  which only became a US state in 1959.

Of course, Alaska has been part of the United States since 1867, so it qualifies.

Well if we are counting US territories and using promenance above the base as the criteria,  then Mauna Kea is the winner as it rises 30,610 ft above it's base.

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PostMon Nov 01, 2021 10:46 am 
The post card I remember as a kid, was the guy sitting astride a huge gooeyduck, whacking it with a stick. I would go with my dad as he dug the clam on a minus tide at the mouth of Cultus Bay on Whidbey Island.

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