A giant earth and rock like just below the Lodge does major
damage to the Lake Trail.
The President’s Coordinating Committee on National Parks and
Forests hold public hearings in Klamath Falls, Diamond Lake and
Medford. While meeting in Medford, the committee votes
unanimously not to include Diamond Lake in the Park.
In a stinging letter of condemnation, Will Steel writes to NPS
Director Stephen Mather condemning the Government for its
treatment of his former business partner, Alfred Parkhurst of
Portland when they forced Parkhurst to sign over his company to
new owners selected by Mather,”It was agreed at Medford that he
(Parkhurst) should receive $80,000 for his holdings...no
attention was paid (to the mortgage) and subsequently you
advised him to take just what he could get, so he took $40,000,
leaving in all human justice $40,000 still due.
If your conscience functions and you are really desirous of
doing right, you will make good for him with a check for what is
honestly due, and will not juggle with plausible excuses. If you
were a poor man I wouldn't write this letter, but you are
perfectly able to do this without the slightest embarrassment.
Now, Mr. Mather, before closing I want to say this, You have
always treated me with every consideration, consequently I
harbor no ill will for you, But you have done an awful injury to
the only man on earth who was ever willing to invest his own
money in developing Crater Lake, and are in position to make
amends. Will you do it? If so, and I can be in any way
serviceable, please advise and I will consider it a favor to do
my best”. Very Sincerely, Will Steel. (Steel eventfully took
Parkhurst's cause to the press and even to President Harding.)
Utility area and residence development in Sleepy Hollow, behind
Government Camp, begins to be developed. New service station
built, along with the stringing of a new telephone line. 12
one-room cabins built to replace tents. Rim Community Building
constructed. The Park plans on replacing this temporary building
in 1936. It is still standing 70 years later.
New rustic bridge constructed at Annie Spring. Naturalist
services are begun by Dr. Loye Miller of the University of
California and three unpaid volunteers.
Park regulations require that Automobiles and horse-drawn
vehicles shall have the right-of-way over motorcycles. Auto
stage rates from Medford or Klamath Falls to Crater Lake are set
at $17.50. The Lodge now has 154 sleeping rooms and tent
houses. Boat trips take people out on Crater Lake for 2.5 hours
at a cost of $3.00. A 41 mile bus trip around the Rim Drive
The first stone building, a warehouse, is built at Park
Headquarters. A wing is built onto the Kiser Studio at Rim
Village. Fred Kiser blazes and surveys a new Lake trail from the
Western portion of Rim Village. The first 16 miles of Park
entrance roads are paved. The entrance fee to Crater Lake is
reduced from $2.50 to $1.00 where it remained until the 1960’s.
General Regulations: Flowers may be gathered in small quantifies
when, in the judgment of the superintendent their removal will
not impair the beauty of the Park. Cats are not permitted in the
Park. Roads: Sound horn when on curves that are blind and do not
exceed 20 mph on straight, level roads and 12 miles per hour on
curves, narrow or steep roads.
During the late 1920’s temporary campgrounds were set up in the
meadow behind Headquarters each summer, until the Rim Camp
melted out. Horses for rides were quartered each day at the head
of Dutton Trail near the Rim Junction. The horse barn was
located one mile below Rim Village on the old road that passed
behind the Superintendent’s house. Road was closed probably
Construction of a new Rim Access road is begun between Park
Headquarters and Rim Village.
Man falls to his death near Lake Trail.
Season Visitation: 86,019 visitors.