Smith Brothers 1922

June 21
The “Mail Tribune” reports that “Tourists from Oakland, California reach Crater Lake by auto after battling snow drifts for five days on trip from Klamath Falls.”

June 28
The “Mail Tribune” reports that the “Gateway to Crater Lake” sign on top of the Medford City Hall will soon be illuminated at night.

July 19
The “Mail Tribune” announces that entrants from all sections of the Oregon Coast are slated to take part in a motorcycle run from Medford to Crater Lake.

Summer
The new Diamond Lake entrance road is built, replacing the Diamond Lake Trail.

September 26
Will Steel writes a letter to President Harding in an apparent vain attempt to persuade the Government to fully compensate former Lodge owner Alfred Parkhurst for the losses Parkhurst sustained when the NPS foreclosed on his concession contract. “Pardon my interference with matters of state…(but I am impressed) to present you with the following facts for your consideration…My life has been devoted to the development of Crater Lake as one of the greatest international attractions of the country…A high handed crime has been perpetuated by Stephen T. Mather, Director of the National Park Service, aided and abetted by Albert B. Fall, Secretary of the Interior, and a member of your official family for which public sentiment will hold you responsible, unless these criminals are summarily dismissed from the offices they have so conspicuously disgraced…These facts are respectfully submitted to you in the belief that right will prevail.” Very Sincerely Will G. Steel (On March 22, 1923 Sec. Hubert Work responded. Mr. Parkhurst voluntarily sold his interests to the present company…It would seem, under these circumstances, that the matter should be regarded as closed.) Steel added: Is it possible that officials of this government can resort to crime and still be retained in office by this administration?

October
The National Park Service is designated as an official weather observer. The first weather station in the Park was established at Anna Springs soon after the park was established.

A $60,000 expansion of the Lodge begins. ( the West Wing) The last major work done on the lodge for nearly 70 years. The first work done was the opening of a rock quarry. The Lodge will soon have 105 rooms.

25,000 Rainbow Trout and 3,500 Silver Salmon are liberated in the Lake.

2,458.11 acres of private patented land in the park.

Shortly after removing their baby, because of its crying, from their new Lincoln, the Swanson’s car rolled over the Crater’ s Rim near Sinnott Overlook. Mr. Swanson is a barber from Klamath Falls.

The axle from the Lincoln is still lying near the Lake shore, partially covered with pumice, below Sinnott. (story from Paul Herron)

Season Visitation: 33,016

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