Smith Brothers 1915

January 25
The Oregon Legislature cedes exclusive jurisdiction over to the National Park.

February 10
Alfred Parkhurst, concessioner, states that there are nine rooms on the second floor and nine rooms on the third floor of the Lodge that are supplied with hot and cold water. These rooms will be extra well furnished and are worthy of an extra charge of 50 cents a day. Parkhurst would like to charge 25 cents a day for heating stoves and an extra 50 cents for baths.

February 19
Crater Lake discovery party member, John W. Hillman, dies in Hope Villa, Louisiana.

Park entrance fees increased to $2. The Park had planned on $5.00 but decided to reduce the fee. $5.00 for a season entrance permit.

April 1
In a letter to the Secretary of the Interior, Superintendent Will Steel suggests that he be allowed to transfer $867.50 from the Lake Trail building account and $100 from the fish food account, and that the Interior Department add $1,500 so that a new $2,097 telephone line could be built from Klamath Falls to Prospect, connecting to Park Headquarters, the Lodge, the Watchman Fire Lookout, the Pinnacles entrance and a ranger’s station on Cloud Cap. (The Interior Department could not spend money outside the Park, so a permit was granted to Klamath Telephone & Telegraph Co. to build an eight mile line through the Park. In exchange for the allowing the line, the Telephone Company agreed to give the Park 100 days of free message time.)

April 3
An article in the Saturday Evening Post state that golf links are proposed for the area east of the Lodge and that cottages will take the place of tend houses at the Rim.

June 15
Camp Arant officially changed by the Interior Department to Anna Spring Camp.

July 3
The new Crater Lake Lodge formally opens in honor of Governor Withycombe and the first meals are served. Governor’s Bay on Wizard Island named by Steel in honor of the Governor. The opening date was planned to coincide with the San Francisco World’s Fair.

Famous visitors during the month include, Mrs. John Philip Sousa, Mrs. Mary Lea, one of the world’s richest women. (worth $40 million) and Stephen Mather, director of the National Park Service. Mather reports that the roads are crude and that the concessions are poor.

August 7
William Jennings Bryan and party visit the Park. Bryan announces support of Steel’s road project to be built inside the crater wall from the Lodge to Kerr Notch. Bryan promises to use his influence in Congress. Steel also recommends the building of a powered elevator from the Lodge to the lakeshore.

August 15
Gilbert H. Grosvenor, National Geographic Editor, visits the Park.

Truman Cook, age 22, of Portland, Oregon arrives at Crater Lake to work for the Lodge Company. He reports that the only motor boat on the lake was a 16 foot boat with a 3 hp inboard motor. The boat was stored in the boat house on Wizard Island and was operated by the 16 year old son of the concession manager during the season. In the boat house was a half completed 36 foot boat. With the help of a house carpenter, Truman completes the boat. The 300 pound engine is skidded down from the Rim and installed on Wizard Island. When launched, the boat becomes the second motorized boat on the Lake and the first boat capable of carrying 20 passengers.

Sewer system installed at Park Headquarters. Ranger cabin built at the Ft. Klamath entrance. New Medford road constructed. East Entrance Ranger Cabin constructed for $993.50. Rim Road to Sun Creek completed.

September 15
A telephone line connecting Medford and Crater Lake is completed, according to ParkSuperintendent Will G. Steel.

Season Visitation: 11,371 visitors.

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