View of Wellington Across the Valley
This is a view looking down into Wellington from Highway 2 on Steven's Pass. If you look really closely, you can see a teeny little spot of gray in the trees in the middle towards the right of the picture. This is the Wellington snow shed, which is where the two trains were sitting. The hill that you see was the hill above the trains, filled with packed snow, ice, and rain. Not only that, but the hill was minimally forested at the time because of a forest fire that had occurred a few months before the previous summer. The entire avalanche encompassed 1/2 mile of hillside. Only a small portion of that half mile is seen in this photograph. The line of trees that runs along the bottom of the photo is where the snow shed runs. The snow shed was built after the avalanche in 1910.