Will Steel graduates from high school in Portland and
apprentices to the Smith Brothers, iron manufactures, to learn
the pattern making trade. He leaves this positron after three
years to begin working on a newspaper.
Members of the Peter Britt photographic party, (including O.C.
Applegate, Samuel Hall and his twelve-year old son,
Emil), reaches the Rogue River Falls (Mill Creek) and Britt
Britt arrives at Crater Lake. Apparently the wagon is left not
far from the roadside while packing 200 pounds of photo
equipment and camping supplies up to the Rim of the Lake. The
sky is overcast and it begins to rain intermittently for the
next several days. Snow patches still partially cover the
ground. For two days the party shivers in the chilly weather,
examining a Lake lacking its famous blue.
The Britt party has been camping at the Rim for three
days. Britt is ready to give up and leave without a photograph
when suddenly the clouds part, the sun shines through and the
first photograph ever of Crater Lake is taken. During the cold
and windy stay on the Rim, Emil, Peter’s 10 year-old son comes
down with a cough. The party stays on for two more days, takes
more photos, and hikes and explores the area.
Using some 200 pounds of photographic equipment, Peter Britt
takes a total of 7 glass negative photos. The plates are made up
in a black, darkroom tent, and exposed before they dry. Peter
Britt is mainly a studio photographer, so natural photography
was a challenge for him.
The Britt party leaves Crater Lake and heads for Fort Klamath. A
total of ten days were spent traveling from and to Jacksonville.