Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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The current name was given by explorer George Vancouver to honor his friend Alleyne Fitzherbert, whose title was Baron St. Helens. The Baron was the then British ambassador to the court of Madrid. Reports of the perhaps more apt Indians names include Lawala Clough/Louwala-Cloigh, which means "smoking mountain" and Loowit which means "Lady of Fire".

Lies in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Standing now at 8,364 feet (2,549 meters), Mount St. Helens lost about 1,300 feet in height when she blew her top in the famous eruption of May 18, 1980.

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