Snow avalanches trap motorists at Stevens Pass in Washington. Food is provided to the trapped motorists. Buses, cars, trucks are trapped in snow that roared down steep mountain passes. All vehicles are checked for occupancy. Rescue operation carried out as bulldozers break the compact snow which is removed by highway snowplows.
Senate Hearings,1947 in Washington DC. Officials and dignitaries seated for Senate Hearings, 1947. Mr. Johnson, a businessman, is questioned. He testifies before Senate War Investigating Committee. A memorandum, made by him is passed to Mr Johnson. He reads it and answers. He testifies about the memorandum and is questioned about his conversation with Mr. Nelson. Dignitaries and members of the Congress seated during the hearings.
Various landmarks in and near Olympia Washington, in Thurston County Washington, United States. Temple of Justice building (seen in brick as originally constructed). A man walking outside the home of the first Governor of Washington, Isaac Stevens, located on Capitol Way and Eleventh Street in Olympia Washington, and originally constructed around 1856. The home is in a dilapidated state and partially boarded up. View of the exterior of the Washington State Governor's Mansion in Olympia. A wooden wagon frame parked on the lawn. A car leaving from the covered portico on the driveway at the executive mansion. Scene changes to dock at Hood Canal as passengers board the S.S. Potlatch ferry steam ship. Views from the S.S. Potlatch underway in Hood Canal. A man looks over the edge of the tour ship. Wooded shoreline along areas of Hood Canal. Women and children on the deck of the ship. The ship stops at dock at Brinnon to offload passengers, and then continue on. The ship stops at Seabeck summer resort area. View from behind a young girl on the ship as it docks at Seabeck and people on dock greet the ship.
National Geographic Society sponsors a balloon flight in Washington, United States. Major William E. Kepner, an army pilot and ballooner and Captain Albert W. Stevens, U.S. Army Air Corps geographic expert stand in front of a diagram which shows a 26-story office building, the shape of the balloon at the time of the launch and after it has reached the 15 mile mark. Captain Stevens explains the diagram.
General John Joseph Pershing presents The National Geographic Society's Hubbard Gold Medal to Captain Stevens and Captain Anderson. All men pose for a photograph.
Pontoon equipped aircraft lands on water in Seattle, Washington. View of Captain Albert W. Stevens and Captain Orvil A. Anderson smiling for the camera, soon after they completed their record breaking stratosphere balloon ascent in the gondola of the Explorer II ,rising to 72,395 feet.