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Smith Brothers' Chronological History of Crater Lake National Park



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Judge C. B. Watson and five others from Fort Klamath visit the Lake. The group names the Lake, “Lake Mystery”. The judge undertakes to write a description of the lake, but soon exhausts his store of adjectives. The Watson Party, launch a boat over the snow banks by means of ropes. The roughly built boat was constructed by W.E. Watson’s father, a blacksmith. The boat is rowed a mile from shore before a sounding line is played into the water. A depth of 750 feet is reached before the line breaks. The party then ascends Wizard Island and spend several hours exploring. Names of the party are placed in a bottle and left on the Island. Ten years later the bottle is recovered and the names are published in a morning newspaper in Portland.















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