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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 24, 1920

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

Sept. 24, 1920


A heavy fall of snow at Crater Lake Wednesday night and Thursday has put an end temporarily to travel to that great wonder and almost caused travel from there to cease Thursday.

Yesterday forenoon when the stage left the lodge for Medford with ten passengers, there was three feet of snow at the lake rim, and in the vicinity of the lodge, and it was still snowing hard. The hotel management urged all guests to leave then, fearing that if the snow continues to fall, it might reach such a depth that they could not get out for some time.

Inasmuch as there were three feet of snow then and it has been cold and raining in Medford ever since, and the high foothills of the valley were covered with snow this morning, it is conjectured that there is probably not less than six feet of snow now at the lake. The stage did not leave Medford for the lake today, all prospective visitors being warned to stay away.

As it was, the stage had to be hauled Thursday by Crater national park teams from the lodge, whose elevation is 7,000 feet, to the government camp a mile below, and 1,000 feet lower, where the snow was only about 17 inches deep, and from there on to Medford was able to proceed under its own power, arriving last night.

At the time the stage left Government Park Superintendent Sparrow had started with the government teams to tow out seven private autos, which were stalled in the vicinity of the lodge. It is presumed that these visitors were towed far below the government camp, where those cars with chains were able to continue the journey to Medford.

The snow belt, the stage driver and passengers say, extended all the way from three feet at the lodge to Silver Camp, 20 miles this side of the lake, where it was only a couple of inches deep. It was very slippery and rough going through this snow, even with chains on.

The season at the lake was to officially close on October 1, but may end sooner if the snow storm continues, although local people and others will probably continue to go to the lake in private cars, as long as the weather makes the trip permissible.

The passengers on Thursday’s stage enjoyed the snow and inconvenience, and declared that they would not have missed this novel experience for anything.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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