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Friday, December 27, 2013

1980 Mount St. Helens photos come to light

This 1980 photo shows an image of Mount St. Helens by The Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn. Blackburn took photographs in April 1980 during a flight over the simmering volcano at Mount St. Helens. When he got back to The Columbian studio, Blackburn set that roll of film aside. It was never developed. On May 18, 1980, about five weeks later, Blackburn died in the volcanic blast that obliterated the mountain peak.