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My friend Jake, born 1918, mentioned a few times that if he had a year to live over that was the happiest in his life, it was during the Great Depression (roughly 1929-1941). That was on Mt. Baker (in Washington State as you already know), and people lived close to the land, hunted and harvested from the forest. Plus scrabbling a little gold from worked-over mines.
People hiked for fun and pulled together for each other, still wonderful fishing in the creeks and rivers, and went to Saturday dances put on by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).