The Associated Press published this article: Scientology founder built trails on Mount Rainier on March 10th 2014, three days before L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday, March 13th.

The article originated from a discovery of of a 6 by 16 inch wooden sign attached to a tree that said “EAGLE TRAIL, BUILT BY SCOUTS OF EAGLE RANK, WESTERN WASHINGTON 1925.”

In Aug. of 1925, a News Tribune article was published talking about the beginning of a project by Eagle Scouts to make trails in the area. The names of the boys working on the project were listed, including “Ronald Hubbard of Seattle.” This links Tacoma, WA; the first trails at Mount Rainier and L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, together.

The sign was discovered by Carl Fabiani, who worked for 45 years at Mount Rainier.

The 13 Eagle Scouts, including Hubbard, who made the trials have now been officially recognized by the Pacific Harbors Council for the historical trails project.

Image Source: Official L. Ron Hubbard Life Chronology