In Memory of Dan Grewe

0001825247-01-1_20130627Dan Grewe’s family ties to Monte Cristo go back to the ‘teen years of the 20th century and the Boston-American Mining Company. He was a friendly, outgoing, and energetic fellow, always interested in what was happening.  We will miss him, especially at our winter socials.  -David Cameron

Dan Charles Grewe

Dan Charles Grewe entered this world April 15, 1921 at the family home, Arlington, Washington and left June 11, 2013 at the family home, Arlington, Washington. He was 92. Dan graduated from Arlington High School in 1939 and attended Skagit Valley Community College. He spent his entire life in Arlington doing what he loved, maintaining his family’s legacy, Valley Gem Farms. Dan will be remembered for his love of trees and tractors, not to mention his ’57 pick-up with the green shag carpet.
Dan is survived by children, Ruth (Frank) Gonzales and Roy (Gina) Grewe; grandchildren, Frank Gonzales III, Sarah Gonzales, Brandon (Kim) Grewe, Brady Grewe, Brock Grewe; sister, Janet (Mal) Swanson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Ellen Grewe; son, Paul; parents, Charles and Amy Grewe; brothers, Dr. Ray (Corky) Grewe and Dr. Fred (Marie) Grewe.
Per Dan’s request there will be no service. Private internment shall be at Arlington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Monte Cristo Preservation Association or The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers are appreciated.

Source:  Everett Herald, June 27, 2013.

2013 Access Alert

The log crossing the South Fork Sauk River above Twin Bridges (m.p. 1.2) may be removed by the U.S. Forest Service in coming days as a safety measure. The exact date is unknown due to consultations between the  Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  High water has stripped the log of its bark, making foot travel across it extremely dangerous, especially when wet.  Without the log, there is no alternative route to the townsite of Monte Cristo or the trails leading from it to Glacier Basin or Silver/Twin Lakes. Fording of the river normally is not possible until later July. With the anticipated early summer area closure for the planned hazardous materials removal, you should consider other outdoor destinations this year and until the closure is lifted. For further information contact the U.S. Forest Service Darrington Ranger District or Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest office in Everett.  The Washington Trails Association ( often has current trail conditions posted by recent visitors:

Our cooperative Townsite Host program has been suspended for the same period.  We anticipate renewing it when access is resumed.

We will post updates as they become available.

Annual dues of $24 may be sent to MCPA, P.O. Box 471, Everett, WA 98206.

For further information contact us at or call (360) 793-1534.


Road Conditions Update

As of late June, all snow has melted from the townsite and the access road, and all downed trees have been removed from the roadway.  Some pictures of various windfallen trees encountered during our June 15 work party are available below.   The road is now clear between Barlow Pass and the townsite, with the exception of the annual Sauk river crossing difficulty at Twin bridges, as described in “2013 Access Alert”.