The U.S. Forestry Bureau will spend $10,000 on Crater Lake next
year. Over half the sum will be spent improving the roads.
William Steel of the Crater Lake Company completes arrangements
for an auto stage line between Medford and Klamath Falls via
Crater Lake. A crew of men followed Steel’s road inspection tour
to work over difficult spots along the road. Seven machines will
be in use, with the trip to the Lake taking 9 hours. The fare to
be charged will be $25. An extensive advertising campaign is
being planned. Seely Hall of Medford is hired as one of the new
Alfred Parkhurst, the Lodge company’s major stockholder, visits
the Park and announces that the new hotel will now be made from
stone. The Lodge will be ornamented in design, be 150 feet long,
have glassed porches facing the Lake, and contain four great
stone chimneys. (MT)
Alfred Parkhurst states that the “guest hall” will be 50 by 80
feet in size, with a great fireplace at either end. At the west
end a huge fireplace will be built for outdoor campfires. (MT)
Automobile stage service to Crater Lake thrice weekly is
inaugurated. Comfortable tents with oil heating stoves are
available for those who wish to camp.
In an Oregonian interview, Frank Keyes, Loge building
contractor, states that the Lodge will be constructed of stone
throughout. The material is to come from one of the “nearby
volcanic ledges” and will be hauled about half a mile. Although
rough, it is supposedly splendid building rock but is a little
difficult to handle. “A large amount of cement will be used.” In
each room, there will be a large fireplace and mantle “like the
old-timers of the backwoods country were used to.”
Forest fire situation becomes so alarming and dangerous in the
mountains adjacent to the Park that for a period of two weeks or
more there is scarcely any travel to Crater Lake. Roads are very
dusty. Superintendent Arant recommends that three good road
sprinklers be purchased.
Two Rim roads proposed, one for autos and one for horsedrawn
5,000 visitors. Fishing reported excellent. Rainbow trout 14 to
20 inches. 50,000 Rainbow Trout are liberated into the lake.
Hiram Copeland of Fort Klamath employed by the government on the
crew that blazed the boundary line around the Park. The work was
finished in the vicinity of the South Entrance, and it was
“Uncle Hiram” Copeland who made the boundary monument now
standing there. He died soon after the survey was completed. The
Park’s Copeland Creek was named in his honor.
While boatmen rowed Ann Shannon Monroe, an authoress, about the
Lake, a strong wind arose in the vicinity of the bay now called
First part of the Lodge construction begins on the Rim at a cost
of $75,000. The lodge will contain the largest fireplace in the
state. Main part of the Lodge will be built in 1912.
Superintendent’s residence built at Anna Spring. Large forest
fires in the Park. Two men lost in the forest of the park and
are never found.
Two Locomible, 40 horsepower, seven passenger auto stages are
put in operation between Medford’s Hotel Nash and Crater
Lake. The trip fare remains at $25.00. “Automobile Rim Road
boulevard around Crater Lake will be constructed. A wagon road
also will be built nearby.”
Iva Clark (Park), 16 and brother Theo Clark, 14, from Portland,
while canoeing on the Lake, end up spending the night on Wizard
Island because of bad storms and high winds. Their mother spends
the night at the Lake shore, below the Lodge thinking her
children have drowned. She met them with tears and blankets when
they paddled back in the morning.
716 guests accommodated at the Park’s two hotels. Four trails in
the Park, one runs from the wagon road 3 miles south of the Lake
to Garfield Peak, Applegate Peak, Sun Creek and Sand Creek and
Mt. Scott, 10 miles. One trial runs from Anna Spring to Union
Peak, 5 miles, and one runs from Anna Springs to Beebe Prairie
for 8 miles. All trails, except the Lake Trial are little more
than horse tracks. The Lake Trail measures 3, 580 feet in
length. Season: 3,736 visitors.