Col. Charles G. Thompson named Crater Lake’s new
superintendent. Thompson Creek and Spring named during
Thompson’s superintendency by Will Steel.
Former Superintendent Alex Sparrow leaves the Park for Medford
to become a Jackson County Judge. (County Commissioner)
Wizard Island proposed as a landing field because of the absence
Richard W. Price appointed as the Park’s 5th Postmaster.
The Park superintendent and rangers spend several days
transporting explosives and red-fire to Wizard Island. At the
proper time an impromptu eruption of the volcano was staged for
the benefit of Park visitors. Public talks had been given, where
the visitors were told Wizard Island was showing signs of warmth
and a genuine eruption could be expected within a few days.
14,000 Cut Throat and 11,000 Steelhead liberated in the Lake.
Two army planes fly over Crater Lake. They claim to be the first
planes to fly over the Lake.
70 foot log boat landing built on the Island.
The Park Superintendent asks for a budget of $35,000. The whole
amount is expected to be appropriated. The superintendent also
requests help from the Bureau of Entomology because groups of
lodgepole pine in the northern portion of the Park ware being
killed by the mountain pine beetle. Because the dominant tree
within the park is lodgepole pine, Col. Thomson predicted that
the Park would become, “a windblown, sandy desert without the
pines.” Thus begins a major battle against the Bark Beetle,
lasting until 1934. 20,311 trees are eventually treated at a
cost of $17,357. (Boyd Wickman, U.S.F.S)
Park road surfacing begins. Completed five years later in 1928.
Season Visitation: 52,017