Superintendents – David H. Canfield, 1934 – 1937

David H. Canfield

After Solinsky’s dismissal David H. Canfield, who had been the chief ranger at Crater Lake since May 1931, became acting park superintendent on September 1, 1934. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, he had joined the National Park Service as a park ranger at Mesa Verde National Park in 1929, later becoming acting chief ranger.

On December 15, 1934, Canfield was appointed superintendent at Crater Lake, thus becoming the youngest park superintendent in the United States. As a result of his talents he was recognized in the America’s Young Men’s Who’s Who. Canfield served as superintendent until August 1, 1937, when he left to become superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park, a position he held until April 16, 1943. [Administrative History of Crater Lake NP]


Mr. David Canfield and Mr. Newton B. Drury. The Newton B. Drury Grove. Semi-Centennial ceremony of the League. (Save-the Redwoods League. 6/15/68). Approximate Year: 1968 Photographer: Dave Swanlund


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