J.S. Diller’s final geology report published with H.B. Patton.
Crater Lake National Park bill, with some “immaterial”
amendments passes the House. (amendments include provisions for
mining.) The bill was assisted through the House by President
Roosevelt’s personal intervention. This victory climaxed a
17-year struggle by William Steel and the final passing of
Thomas Tongue’s Park Bill. Supposedly Crater Lake is the only
National Park where a U.S. President became personally involved
in assisting with the passage of the legislation.
Crater Lake National Park bill passes the Senate, after a two
week consideration, and needs only the President’s signature.
The square shape of the Park was thought to be only temporary,
with the Park’s true ecological boundaries to be dealt with at a
later date. (See: 1980)
President Roosevelt signs a bill “establishing a pleasuring
ground and a national park at Crater Lake, Oregon.” A few weeks
later Congress votes $2,000 for protection and improvements.
(May 22nd is the anniversary of the marriage of Will Steel’s
William F. Arant of Klamath Falls is appointed the park’s first
superintendent with a salary of $900 with a horse expense
account of $100.
Arant assumes duties as park superintend. He lives in a tent at
Camp Arant near Annie Springs.
The new Annie Springs to the Rim road is surveyed at a cost of
Plans are formed to place a 25 passenger steam launch on the