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Description:

Eiler U. Larsen (1890-1975) was the first person known to have attempted a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (1931). At the time of his hike the Trail was not yet a continuously blazed path from Maine to Georgia, so it is no surprise that he was unable to complete his hike. Prior to his departure from Maine in August of that year, he corresponded with ATC Chairman Arthur Perkins, AT founder Benton MacKaye, and Myron Avery, among others, seeking advice about his route and his plans. Larsen went on to become the unofficial "Greeter of Laguna Beach" (CA), where spent more than a decade greeting all visitor with a loud hello and a big smile.

Collection:

Hikers


Date:

1931

Creator:

Unknown

Subject

Hikers

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Black and white photograph

Source:

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Archives, Scrapbooks 1931.

Rights

All rights reserved.

Citation

Unknown, “Eiler Larsen,” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed December 11, 2018, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/476.

Geolocation

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