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Mail Tribune 100, June 20, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

June 20, 1919


The Crater Lake season will open July 1st. This news was brought to the city late Thursday afternoon by Alfred Parkhurst, manager of the Crater Lake company, who reports that the road is now open to beyond Anna Spring camp and that the camp there is open to receive visitors.

The road has been opened thru the snow to within one and one-half miles of the lodge at the lake rim, but between there and the lodge there is considerable snow, an average depth of two to three feet, and in places 10 feet. It will be a week yet before the road will be opened clear to the lodge. The lodge is now open and could take care of visitors could they find their way there thru the snow. But the lodge can comfortably be reached by July 1, and on that date Mr. Parkhurst will start the operation of the stages between Medford and the lake.

Alex Sparrow, Crater Park supervisor, who also arrived in the city from the lake yesterday reports that the road from the Klamath side is open to within a short distance of the lake and will be open all the way inside of a short time.

Mr. Parkhurst says people broke into the lodge again during the winter, and stole a lot of blankets and other things and left the window out where they entered thru which the snow filled the kitchen and did considerable damage.


Flying airplanes over the city is no longer a strange sight in Medford, but nevertheless when the fire whistle blew shortly before noon announcing that Lieut. Hackett was due in his plane the people rushed forth from their homes and viewed the soaring aviator till he was out of sight to the south. Lieut. Hackett was enroute from Cottage Grove back to Mather Field near Sacramento. He was to have returned from Portland last week with the squadron from Portland, but was prevented from doing so because of his plane breaking down. He left Cottage Grove at 8 a.m. today and stopped in Grants Pass for oil and gas.


Cleelum, Wash., June 20.— The Cascade mountains were crossed by an airplane for the first time when Lieutenant J. M. Fetters and Sergeant Owen Kissel, army aviators from Mather Field, Sacramento, flew here from Seattle today. They made the trip across the mountain in one hour and ten minutes. After lunching here they intend to fly on to Ellensburg and Yakima today.

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