Capt. Franklin B. Sprague

Crater Lake was rediscovered on August 1,1865 by two hunters working with road crews from Fort Klamath. Sergeant Orsen Sterns and several others came to see the now-legendary lake. Sterns was the first non-Native American to climb down into the caldera and reach the shore of Crater Lake. Captain F. B. Sprague soon joined him and suggested the name “Lake Majesty.”

Captain Sprague story in the Historic Resource Report, 1984


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