VIII. Roads of Crater Lake
B. Entrance Road and Bridges
3. First Cars Reach the Lake
Another transportation milestone occurred
at Crater Lake about 1906 when J.O. Shiveley became the first auto
passenger to visit the park. Arriving in a two-cylinder vehicle, he and
the car s owner labored over a road constructed primarily for
slow-moving wagons and horses. Successfully negotiating deep ruts, dust,
rock, and narrow passageways, the car was pulled over difficult grades
by horses, which were led when the car was functioning properly. It was
another year before an automobile (operated by Charles True of Medford)
drove under its own power all the way to the rim.
Illustration 15. Close-up view of road to Crater
Lake. Car is crossing log bridge over Annie Creek. Courtesy Southern
Oregon Historical Society.