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The volcano next door

It has been three decades since Mount St. Helens blew, but the event still fascinates - and defines - Southwest Washington. Read our May 19, 1980, story here.

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The old man and the mountain

Harry Truman swore and swore, and swore that he wouldn’t leave

If a screenwriter had written a character like Harry Truman into the script of a volcano movie, it would have been scorned as a contrived and low-budget idea. But there he was, in the flesh, as chiseled as the bark of an old-growth fir, liquored up by his whiskey-and-Cokes, and defiant right to the day he was entombed by the guts of the mountain whose shadow he refused to leave.

The victims of Mount St. Helens

These are the 57 people who lost their lives in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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Volcano’s toll hits close to home

Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn was killed in catastrophic blast

The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens was more than just a major news story for the staff of The Columbian. It carried a painful personal toll. Fay Blackburn lost her husband, and The Columbian lost one of its own.

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