A section of rock wall on the back terrace of the aging Lodge
collapses at about 2 a.m.
The NPS considers a new alternative restoration program for the
Lodge that calls for the tearing down of the 1920’s addition and
the building of a new lodge, back from the Rim near the
Cafeteria. Estimated cost of this project is set at $5.3
million, with the main historic part of the Lodge being turned
into a dining hall and gift shop with an interpretive center
being built on the second floor. The new lodge planned for
Munson Valley would have 60 rooms and would eventually be
expanded to 100 rooms.
Oregon Congressman Bob Smith announces that NPS Director William
Mott was considering a Lodge proposal to remove the annexes.
A five man team flies into the Caldera to stay on the island to
gather information on why the Lake water has become
“cloudy”. Water samples and data during the winter were being
gathered for the first time. The trip had been scrubbed two
previous times because of bad weather. A new boathouse and
living quarters was built on Wizard Island last summer in
preparation for the team.
The NPS announces that the cost of renovating the old Lodge
outweighs its historic value, even though “there is a lot of
sentimental value attached to the old building. The Lodge has
limited architectural merit as a historical structure.” One
alternative would be for the old building to be used only as a
year-round visitor’s center, but unfortunately the building is
located away from the center of Park activity at Rim Village.
Rep. Les AuCoin announces that objections to holding the 10th
annual Crater Lake Rim Run has been resolved and the event will
take place this summer as scheduled.
Eric Allen, former MT editor writes in favor of preserving the
historic Crater Lake Lodge. “It comes down to a sense of
values. To one who has been familiar with the park for more than
a half-century, who has slept in the lodge and eaten in its
dining room, relaxed around the fireplace in the evening, and
loves its mysteries and legends...to such a one, the idea of
demeaning the lodge with cheap-jack solution, or destroying it
altogether, seems a little short of criminal.”
1985 - 1986
Snowfall: 495 inches, 41 feet.
NPS Director Mott makes an unannounced visit to the Lodge which
leads to the preparation of further alternative plans for
rehabilitating the building. Mott wanted to see controversial
old lodge first hand. The Director eventually recommends partial
restoration of the building, but remove the 1924 addition.
Jan Zack, 72, dies of a heart attach during a false alarm while
evacuating the Lodge.
Three lightning caused fires on the west side of the Park,
Castle Creek and Bald Mountain, burn 100 acres. The extremely
dry weather severely strains the Park’s” let burn policy.”
An 11 year-old boy, whose parents are Lodge guests, sets two
trash can fires in the Lodge’s main public restroom. The newly
installed fire alarm system empties the Lodge by 200 employees
and guests at 8:30 p.m. The boy is caught and held by a male
guest. The boy and his parents are asked to check out.
10 fires reported smoldering in the Park. Some are allowed to
burn, others are being attacked.
Geothermal test drilling begins east of Crater Lake. The plan is
to drill a 5,000 foot hole in two or three weeks.
Early winter storms close down Rim Drive and forces the closure
of the Rim Visitor Center.
While examining a core sample taken from the Lake bottom,
scientists discover a 1 to 1.5 inch white worm in the lake
ooze. The deep water worm lived for several days. Could be a new
Superintendent Bob Benton proposes the moving of Park
Headquarters to the Prospect area. “This would place it closer
to schools and shopping.”
A dozen Cold Water Cabins behind the Cafeteria are burned in
anticipation of the new Rim Village planned development and
Park Superintendent Robert Benton calls a petition drive to save
the old Lodge premature. “We have not made a decision yet. At
the present time we’re looking very carefully at costs and a
number of alternatives, from keeping all of the lodge to keeping
Kent Taylor, new Chief of Interpretation E.O.D’s. Transfers in
from Ft. Vancouver N.H.S.
Park Superintendent Robert Benton announces a beautification
effort for the Rim Village. 16 guest cabins from behind the
Cafeteria were removed. “They were ugly, an eyesore, and they
certainly were nothing to be proud of,” Benton says. He says he
hopes that because of the improvements project visitors will see
something more pleasant than what Benton calls an “asphalt
jungle” when they enter Rim Village. “When People drive up now,
the first thing they see is a big parking lot. We want to
improve the rim area.”
North Entrance Road to Crater Lake closed to allow the
contractor to finish widening and repaving the road before
winter storms set in.
The old Headquarters Building is extensively remodeled, restored
and renovated. The name is changed to the Merel Sager
building. Mr. Sager was the landscape architect assigned to
Crater Lake in the late 1920’s and early 30’s. Sager designed
and built the rustic buildings in Munson Valley.
The 1932 Superintendent’s Residence designated as a National
32 fires burn 3,000 acres. One fire, the Castle Point Fire,
burns over 1,000 acres
Season Visitation: 427,716