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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 17, 1920

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

Sept. 17, 1920


Crater lake never looked more beautiful or sublime than it does now, the roads were never in better condition, the attendance is not as large, the service at the lodge is excellent, the mountains have been cleared of the smoke from the forest fires and if you are contemplating a trip to this world wonder now is the time to go before the fall storms come.

There is usually a storm early in September and that occurred the first of the week, they had a fine rain and some snow, the second fall of the season, the first being August 28, and now expect good weather for several days. The weather is cold mornings and evenings but there has not even been frost there the past week.

Supt. Alex Sparrow of the national park service, and assistants, Supt. Alfred H. Parkhurst and son, C. S. Tourtellost, manager of the lodge and all their assistants, use every effort to make people comfortable and the visitors to the lake, with very few exceptions are well pleased and leave the lake saying they will be back next year and boosting for the same.

The kicking about the lake and service are usually those who never go there, who expect to find city service at an extreme mountain resort or who have some grievance.

Crater Lake is a world wonder, is a big advertisement for southern Oregon and the thing to do is boost for it and not knock. It deserves all you can say for it and more.

Tuesday evening there was a moving picture show and entertainment consisting of vocal and instrumental music and readings by Mr. and Mrs. Casper Fisher of Seattle and Anthony Euwer, the poet of Hood River. This was arranged by Mr. Parkhurst and attended by about 80 guests.

The rim road is truly a wonderful trip and no one has actually seen the lake and all the surrounding scenery, consisting of the snow-capped peaks, the Klamath lake and basin, Diamond lake, Shasta, McLaughlin, Thielsen, Three Sisters and many other peaks, the vast stretch of mountains and valleys for hundreds of miles in either direction and above all Crater lake with all its colorings, bays, coves and points of interest, until they have taken this trip. It is 38 miles of grandest mountain roads that are in wonderful condition, to be found anywhere in the world, so say many travelers of renown. It takes from four to five hours to make the trip, and do not let anything keep you from making the trip when you go to the lake.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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