The Crater Lake Community School closes due to decreasing
enrollment. The school is consolidated with the Klamath County
Victoria (Vicky) Nelson enters on duty as the Park’s new Post
Office attendant, a position she holds for over 15 years. Vicky
drives to the Park each day from Chiloquin.
A long row of old wooden garages, built in the l930’s and
located in front of the Stone Houses, is burned down. The fire
crew used the occasion as a practice drill.
The first major car clout of the season occurs in Mazama
Campground. The clout netted over $1,000.
Most National Park Campgrounds begin charging camping fees for
the first time. Lost Creek Campground remains a free camp.
Chief Ranger (and Acting Superintendent and Area Manager)
transfers to Grand Coulee National Recreation Area.
Einar Johnson appointed as Crater Lake’s 18th Superintendent.
A VW bug rolls on Goodbye Curve. No injuries, but the violators
were arrested for speeding, reckless driving, stolen government
property and underage drinking.
Skull of F-6-F Hellcat pilot found by Seasonal Ranger David
Panebaker, one half mile from the 1945 crash site near Mt.
Scott. Navy identifies the Hell Cat’s pilot as Ens. Frank R.
Lupo, 22, of Newark, N.J. David Panebaker had become lost while
searching for the crash site. While sitting on a log wondering
which direction to continue exploring, David had a feeling that
something or somebody was looking at him. As he glanced about
the trees, David discovered the skull “staring” back at him from
beneath a nearby log.
Fatal heart attack in Rim Village.
Third major car clout in Mazama Campground since June.
Guy Hartel, age 70, retires to Klamath Falls, after working 20
years as an equipment operator and on road repair.
Backcountry fire roads closed to all vehicle travel, including
the Pacific Crest Trail. All roadless areas of the Park and the
old fire roads are proposed as Wilderness Trails.
Self service gas pumps installed at the service station for
year-round operation, but soon ruled illegal and locked up
because of Oregon’s ban on self-serve stations.
Major extension of Cafeteria Building front.
Season Visitation: 534,962
The boat crew, led by Lodge owner’s son, Mike Peyton, turns
Crater Lake into their own private lake by water skiing behind
the launches and fishing after hours around Phantom Ship.