Crater Lake History

Crater Lake National Park has a fascinating history. Created by the explosion of Mt. Mazama 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake has long inspired reverence and wonder.

The Klamaths kept the lake undiscovered by white explorers until 1853, and William Gladstone Steel devoted over thirty years to establishing the Park.

In 1902, President Roosevelt signed legislation making Crater Lake America's 6th National Park.

By the way, this Peter Britt photo was taken about 1900 and is concidered the first photograph depicting Crater Lake.

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