By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 18, 2021) – In Issue 2021-95 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the deadly eruption of a volcano.  


And then it erupted with vengeance.  Killing the most people, 57, by a volcanic eruption in recorded US history.

Located in the Cascade Range in southwest Washington, Mount St. Helens blew its top in 1980 on this day.

I do have proof of its lava and ash flow in a form of a small souvenir bottle full of ash that a friend gave me after his travels to Portland years ago.  Some others have claimed that the ash came from a fireplace.  Oh well…

Here is a 1911 map of Washington State with color-coded counties, created by Rand McNally.

Map of Washington state from 1911 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.