John Wesley Hillman

John Hilman, Henry Klippel, and Isaac Skeeters, were in search of the legendary “Lost Cabin” gold mine when they came upon the lake by accident on June 12, 1853. Hillman reported that this was the bluest lake he had ever seen, and Skeeters called it Deep Blue Lake.

Photos pertaining to John Hillman and the initial discovery of Crater Lake by white explorers – only missing the Indian discovery by some-8,000 years.

Related Link

Historic Resource Study of Crater Lake,  the story of John Hillman


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