The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Oct. 3, 1918
RIM BOULEVARD AT CRATER LAKE NOW COMPLETED
The road around the rim of Crater Lake has been connected and the first continuous trip around the lake was made by Alex Sparrow, supervisor of Crater Lake National park last Sunday in a one-ton government motor truck. There yet remains a lot of improvement work to be done.
A good trail was also built last summer and this fall from a point on the Medford road and a half mile west of the park headquarters to the base of Union Peak. This trail should be popular with the public as it is an easy climb to the top of Union Peak, which affords a magnificent view of the Klamath lakes region.
A water system has been installed at the rim of the lake for public use, but owing to delays in obtaining machinery the pump will not be installed until next spring. This is of special interest to the people who wish to camp at the rim, but heretofore could not get water nearer than one mile.
The travel record to the lake the season just closed exceeds all previous records to the park, although the exact figures have not yet been received in this city. Up to last Saturday there had been 12,241 visitors at the lake this season, and 2,947 autos. The attendance figures of last Saturday, Sunday and Monday will undoubtedly swell these figures considerably. The Crater Lake season was closed officially on Tuesday, October 1st.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
Mrs. F. E. Beach of Hartford, Conn., and Miss Mabel Northrup of Ellicottville, New York, tourists who only recently returned from Alaska and have visited all the national parks, arrived in Medford Wednesday from a three days stay at Crater Lake, which great nature wonder they pronounced as the greatest sight in the country. They declared that at home and in all their travels henceforth they would advertise the wonderful scenic attraction and advise all their friends and acquaintances to be sure and visit it. The women left for visits at San Francisco and Oakland, and after spending the winter in southern California will sojourn at Honolulu for a while before returning home.
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