Carol Broeren Nelson, 1952

Crater Lake National Park Centennial Oral Histories

Carol Broeren Nelson, 1952

The beauty and wonderment of Crater Lake, and the majestic old Lodge.

Knowing absolutely no one, as a University of Oregon student, and very inexperienced, making new friends from all over the northwest and California. Feeling a part of the ‘Crater’ family, making the tourists feel good about the area.

My tiny room on the top floor of the lodge, super roommate, Jan.

Rides to the dump in the woods on the garbage truck and watching the bears feed. An early morning encounter with a bear while walking alone from lodge to cafeteria for breakfast.

The excitement of being questioned by the FBI about a murder in the park (still unsolved, I believe). Mysterious Baxter who ran the laundry in the lodge basement. The really interesting Asians who lived above the cafeteria. Snow still around the lodge on the fourth of July and beautiful electrical storms now and then. Just a few thoughts from fifty years ago about a wonderful summer in the Park.

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