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The Cartier Years at Copper Creek Lodge, 1919 to about 1931

Copper Creek Lodge was built by lumber baron and former Mayor of South Bend Washington, George Robinson Cartier in about 1920. He retired at age 50, and moved to Copper Creek at Mt Rainier with his younger wife Jessie. The attention to detail and craftsmanship are present everywhere. . . carefully fitted close grain logs, stout dutch doors with bow tie dove tails, hand split cedar shakes, stone fireplace and beautiful wood floors throughout.

 
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Above: George Robinson Cartier, South Bend Mayor in 1910, and wealthy lumber baron who built Copper Creek Lodge in 1919

Left: Copper Creek Lodge circa 1920

Jessie and Natalie, about 1930
George and Jessie had a daughter while living at Copper Creek Cabin. Natalie Cartier was born in 1925. The family lived at Copper Creek until 1931 when Natalie was old enough to start school.

Photo at left: George, Jessie, Natalie and family friend at Mt Rainier, about 1928

Photo below: Cartier family, caretaker Jim McCulla and his two boys in front of Copper Creek Cabin. (Now called Copper Creek Lodge)

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Above left: About 1929, caretaker Jim McCulla and his two sons, Jimmy and Brother (Buddy) with their dog Lassie.
Above right: Jessie, Natalie and a family friend.

A widower, Jim McCulla and his two sons lived in the small cabin across from the lodge. At that time the tall trees obscured visibility from one cabin to the next. His cabin was the original cabin on the property. It was built first for the Cartiers while the lodge was constructed. He worked for the Cartiers as caretaker while they lived at Copper Creek Cabin. (now called Copper Creek Lodge).

Living at Mt Rainier was not easy in those days. Electricity was generated by Copper Creek, and a water system was spring fed. The original spring fed water system was used until 2002 when current owners Phil Freeman and Catharine Gallagher updated the system with a well.

Jessie did all the cooking on a wood stove in the spacious country kitchen. The dinner table was filled each night with George Cartier, Beal Fosley, a family friend, Jim McCulla and his two sons, Jimmy and Buddy and young Natalie.

Below left: The firplace looks much the same today.
Below Right: Natalie Cartier about 1928 on a tree stump. She remembers the story her mother told her about fairies living in the stump. Her mother warned her that if she put her finger in the holes that the fairies would disappear. A friend tested the tale. Natalie never saw a fairy.

The historical information and photos were supplied by Natalie Cartier Cellars, who now lives with her husband in Warrenton on the Oregon coast south of Astoria.

At left: Natalie Cartier Sellers (on right) visits the lodge, her childhood home with her husband and friends from Astoria, Oregon. Natalie has visited many summers since this visit.

History of Copper Creek Restaurant.

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