Harold L. Ickes, Secretary

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Newton B. Drury, Director


Llao Rock and Wizard Island
Discovery and History
The Geologic Story of Crater Lake
Naturalist Service
Places of Interest
Forests and Wild Flowers
Winter Sports
Administration and Park Headquarters
Rim Village
Accommodations and Expenses
How to Reach the Park
Interesting Briefs of Crater Lake National Park
Oregon Caves National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument

Historic Events

1853John Wesley Hillman and a group of prospectors discovered the lake and named it Deep Blue Lake.
1862Chauncey Nye and party of prospectors, unaware of the previous discovery, accidentally visited the lake, naming it Blue Lake.
1865Soldiers from Fort Klamath, without knowledge of previous discoveries, visited the lake and named it Lake Majesty.
1869J. M. Sutton with a party from Jacksonville visited the lake and named it Crater Lake.
1873First photograph, a daguerrotype, taken of Crater Lake by Peter Britt, southern Oregon pioneer.
1883J. S. Diller, geologist, and Everett Hayden, of the United States Geological Survey, visited the lake.
1885William Gladstone Steel, with Prof. Joseph Le Conte, Capt. Clarence E. Dutton, J. M. Breck, Jr., and others, visited Crater Lake. Mr. Steel suggested that a national park be established and a petition was sent to President Cleveland.
1886The President issued a proclamation withdrawing 10 townships, including Crater Lake. Lake surveyed and sounded by the United States Geological Survey.
1888First fish planted in Crater Lake by William Gladstone Steel.
1896Mazamas visited Crater Lake and christened the ancestral mountain of which only the caldera and lower slopes remain, Mount Mazama.
1902Crater Lake National Park created by Congressional action.
1907First automobile driven to the rim of Crater Lake by Charles True, from Medford, Oreg. The Wocus, the first boat used in rendering a launch service to visitors, placed on the lake.
1912Crater Lake Lodge, the oldest structure now in the rim area, was built.
1931Sinnott Memorial dedicated.
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