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Emil Nordeen, donates his Fort Klamath-Crater Lake ski trophy to his native country of Sweden during the winter Olympic games in Sun Valley. Nordeen's gift will be used as a perpetual trophy to be awarded to the winner of an international cross-country ski race. The trophy had originally had been planned to be donated to the American Ski Association, but the U.S lacked world class skiers during the 1960’s.

Crater Lake is classified as a natural area which means that the Park will reflect as little evidence of human activity as possible.

May 10

Richard A Nelson enters on duty as Park Superintendent.


The Park’s Medford offices are permanently moved, from the Federal Building to Crater Lake. For the first time the Superintendent is required to live in the Park year round.

Son of former New York Mayor, Fiorello LaGaurdia, visits the Park and turns in a lost report for his son’s missing coat.


A futile four-years attempt to drill for water at the North Entrance Station and Cleetwood Cove parking lot is begun. $44,000 is spent drilling below the Lake level at Cleetwood and 300 feet below the level of Diamond Lake, but the wells remained dry and only blow cold air.

Three seasonal rangers working in the Park are named: Marion Jackson, Marion Jack, and Marion “Jack” Wirth. The Park’s personnel director is named: Marion Anderson.


Rescue of two persons over the Rim and one person down in Annie Creek Canyon.


94 Clark’s Nutcrackers are banded by Neal Bullinton and Donald Payne.


A woman driver, momentarily distracted by the sudden view of Klamath Lake, drives her car over a soft pumice cliff above Munson Spring. The woman is trapped in the car for three hours, while Park crews attempt to safely secure the car from sliding any further. Using a cable and tow truck, the woman’s car to towed back up the slope, with a flat tire being the only damage.


Brief riot on Rim caused by drunken visitors. Chief Ranger Buck Evans is knocked to the ground as he attempts to subdue one of the trouble makers. Chief Evans issues “riot” axe handles to all patrol rangers the following week, “just in case this happens again.”


Fire lookout, Roy Neuberger, reports in National Parks Magazine, (August, 1964 issue) that during the summer of 1964, Mt. Scott Fire lookout averaged nine visitors daily, with a high of 81 hikers in one day.


Six new, flat roofed, housing duplexes are completed in Steel Circle.

Three bear cubs are shot and killed near the South boundary by airmen from Klamath Falls. The violators are fined $50.

December 23

The most amount of precipitation to fall in one single day: 7.13 inches of rain. The previous single day’s record had been set at 5.40 inches of rain. Snow blocking the Rim Village parking lot caused a large “lake” to form. When punched through by snowplows, the water flooded for three miles to Park Headquarters.

Season Visitation: 494,057



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