The Ohio Democrat
New Philadelphia, Ohio
September 9, 1886
Washington, Aug. 29.--A party sent out by the Geological Survey, under the command of
Captain Clarence E. Dutton, U. S. A., has succeeded in reaching and making a complete survey of Crater Lake in Oregon, a body of water whose shores, with the possible exception of one
point on the south, have never before been touched by the foot of white men.
The party's boats were hauled a hundred miles by mule teams, dragged by a detail of
soldiers up the snow-clad sides of the ridge which surrounds the lake, and lowered by ropes from the crest to the water, nine hundred feet below.
One hundred and sixty soundings were made, the result of which gave the general
character of the lake bottom. Two large submerged cinder cones were found, the rest of the bottom being flat.
Captain Dutton believes this to be the depest body of fresh water on the continent.
The greatest depth attained by the sounding lines was 2,0005 feet.