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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 23, 1921

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

Sept. 23, 1921


A remarkable run to Crater Lake from Medford was made last Wednesday via Trail in a 1921 Maxwell touring car, with George V. Adams of the A. W. Walker Auto company as driver and Seeley V. Hall, transportation manager of the Crater Lake company and Mr. Fraidy Calf of the Medford Mail Tribune staff, as passengers.

The distance of 82 miles from the Medford post office to the Crater Lake lodge was made in the actual running time of 3 hours and 12 minutes, and the elapsed time was 4 hours and 16 minutes. This is believed to be a record which will stand for years. The average running time from Medford to the lake is from 6 to 7 hours. The trip Wednesday was made in a stock car, weighing 2,065 pounds. Of course a larger car might shave a few minutes off this record in a special trial.

The only special thing arranged for this trip, which was designed to see how fast the 1921 Maxwell could make it was that the car for the trial was a United States mail carrying car, carrying the daily mail from this city to the lake. Mr. Adams is well known as one of the best drivers in Oregon.

The reports that reached Medford of this fast-going on mountain roads to the effect that three jack rabbits were run down and killed on the trip are erroneous, and probably grew out of the fact that several jack rabbits had their fur scorched. Mr. Adams is too dexterous a driver to run over anything.

It is true at times that the writer began wondering how to properly address St. Peter. This little matter didn’t bother either Adams or Hall, as they, when the eventful time comes, will both do to the place where James T. Grieve and Alex Sparrow are expected to land, unless they mend their ways, and know perfectly how to address the gent in charge there.

Anyhow, the car left Medford at 8:50 a.m., and stopped at Crater Lodge at 12:06 p.m. The actual running time to Prospect was 1 hour and 55 minutes. Between Prospect an Anna Springs camp the running time was one hour and the five miles up from Anna Spring camp to Crater Lake Lodge was made in 16 minutes.

The elapsed time for the trip between Medford and the lake of four hours and 16 minutes included four stops for the tire changes and one stop between the Rogue Elk resort and Prospect to allow a drove of cattle to get out of the way.

After dinner at Crater Lake, this time with ordinary driving the journey was continued on to Klamath Falls, via Fort Klamath, through the Indian reservation and Modoc point a distance of 66 miles, which was made in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Leaving Klamath Falls at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon the trip, with Wm. J. Warner as an extra passenger, was made back to Medford via Pelican Bay, Lake of the Woods and the Dead Indian trail.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com