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Mail Tribune 100, March 30, 1920

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March 30, 1920


Upon the suggestion of Will G. Steel, former secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, of a road on the inside of the rim of Crater Lake and also constructing a tunnel to the rim road, the national park service, through its director, Mr. Stephen T. Mather, has made the following comment:

“There are so many very real and necessary improvements calling for all the time and labor under the small appropriations we yearly secure for the development of the park that I hesitate to make any promise for looking into either of these projects at this time. Regarding the road, I might say that I figure it would be approximately four miles in length and descending 900 feet during its course, would admit of a grade slightly in excess of 4 percent. The constant movement of rocks taking place inside the rim would make travel on such a road dangerous at all times, and without doubt the avalanches of snow and rock that descend every spring would obliterate sections of the best road that could be built to a point where expense of upkeep would be prohibitive.

“The problem of development at Crater Lake is to get roads in such condition that the thousands of visitors may travel with a reasonable degree of comfort. I am more than glad, however, to have your suggestions, or have any other suggestions that occur to you from time to time.”

The directors of the Chamber of Commerce are of the opinion that the inside rim road would be impractical and therefore are not inclined to push the matter any further. The development asked for is that roads now established be maintained in good order and that new roads and trails be built as soon as appropriations available will permit.


No clue has yet been obtained of the burglars who broke into the Medford Harness company store on East Main street, some time during Sunday night and carried away about a dozen revolvers of different calibers and munition for the same, several suitcases, some shoes and other articles as near as can be ascertained by E. H. Lamport, all to the value of from $300 to $400. It is conjectured however, that the burglars were three men who were strangers in the city and were seen here Sunday. Mr. Lamport has offered a reward of $100 for the recovery of the stolen articles.

The burglary was not discovered until Monday morning. The burglars gained entrance by breaking and forcing open the back door of the store with a crowbar and other tools they had stolen from the Trowbridge foundry on South Riverside. It is presumed that to get the revolvers was the chief object of the burglary.

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