Crater Lake National Park Centennial Oral Histories
George H. Will, 1953-1956
Two men were shoot and killed on the South Road! They had cashed checks in Klamath Falls, their bodies wives were waiting at Crater Lake Lodge. The FBI staked out the place – when they were found in the woods, about half way between Annie Springs and the South Entrance. A year later on the same date, to check out the remote chance of seeing the killers return to the scene of the crime. The murders have never been solved.
In ‘54 and ‘55 a tourist, trying to take pictures on the South road, had gone over the barriers, slipped and fell about 150 feet down into the canyon. We searched for him, found him downstream under a log in the water, retrieved the body in a basket with the winch of a truck. Many hours of risky hard work! Had it not been for the college gals working at the lodge, who where ‘fans’ of, or felt sorry for the “lonely rangers”, we would have lived the life of monks! Thanks gals! At the meager-about $1.35 per hour, you helped in a poor one’s lonely life at the park! Thanks for the memory!