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 considered the first photograph depicting Crater Lake.
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Native Americans experienced the creation of Crater Lake 7,700 years ago and have many stories about it.Read more
The architecture of the buildings and the landscaping offer glimpses into the history of the National Parks Service.Read more