Longmire Service Station, State Route 706, Longmire, Pierce County, WA
State Route 706, Longmire, WA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS WA-239
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N914).
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Significance: The construction of the Longmire Springs Automotive Service Station was a significant step in the promotion and development of tourism during the early years of Mt. Rainier National Park. The varied natural resources and scenic beauty of the park could now be explored and enjoyed by more people because fuel availability would allow adventurous "Motor-Campers" to remain for extended stays within park boundaries. The service station is complemented regionally by an impressive network of engineered artifacts including roads, bridges, scenic vistas, tunnels, and antique snow clearing and highway maintenance machinery. The service station's cultural significance must be understood within this greater context. Currently, the Longmire Service Station is centrally positioned within and belongs to the Longmire Springs Historic District recently designated National Landmark. This special designation provides the structure, the adjacent landscape and human settlements with much needed preservation protection. This HABS documentation is intended to graphically consolidate and record existing conditions of the Service Station prior to its conversion into a Transportation Museum by the NPS. Ease of public access, an open plan arrangement, a proximity to other nearby services and the building's history and its significance of association with transportation related activities are all factors that suggest the building is a logical candidate for such a transformation of use. The Service Station Museum and associated cultural resources graphically presented inside the building will contribute to visitors' greater understanding of the history of Mount Rainier National Park and the human drama that unfolded because of the implementation of technology and the availability and distribution of energy resources. The Service Station was designated National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Automobile Service Stations
Davidson, E. A.
Stamets, John, Photographer
McCaughan, Karen, Delineator
Anderson, Peter, Delineator
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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