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The railroad's route between Elbe and Mineral crosses the Nisqually River on a steel and wood bridge. On a clear day looking east from the train gives a postcard view of the dormant volcano, Mount Rainier, rising to an elevation of 14,411 feet (4,392 metres). Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars (a type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water) that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley. It last erupted in 1894.

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