Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Crater Lake---a Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.  For years, it was referred to as a mysterious blue lake.  In the picture above, some early hikers take a break while a photograph is taken. 

In 1902, after letters and pictures attested to its great natural beauty, Theodore Roosevelt gave it National Park Status....the first in Oregon.   During the Progressive Era, many fundamental social and economic improvements were made.  This era also included a greater interest in providing city parks, gathering places, river walks, and designated areas of "national" beauty.

In Portland, the Olmstead firm, which had designed Central Park, created beautiful Laurelhurst Park and other areas where the "working folk" could enjoy their after hours.  Silver Creek Falls has also been considered for National Park designation, but unfortunately the early logging left the state not quite as pristine.  Most students have been to Silver Creek Falls...the most visited state park in Oregon.