Paper pub. date
January 2002
ISBN 9780870715372 (paperback)
6 x 9 inches, 288 pages. Maps. Color and B&W illustrations. Bibliography. Index.

Crater Lake National Park

A History

Rick Harmon

A half million people visit Crater Lake each year, and tens of millions throughout the world have been captivated by photographs of this deep blue jewel of Oregon's Cascade Mountains. To mark the 100th anniversary of Crater Lake National Park, Rick Harmon has written the first comprehensive history of the park and the people and events that created and shaped it.

This thorough and thoughtful history of America's seventh national park includes a fascinating overview of the geography, geology, and wildlife of Crater Lake and its surroundings. In tracing the origins of the park, which was established in 1902, Harmon offers revealing portraits of the key individuals and powerful personalities who founded, shaped, and managed Crater Lake National Park over the past 100 years.

In addition, this book is the first to carefully consider the relationship of the area's Native American people to Crater Lake and the Mount Mazama region-traditionally regarded as a sacred place-and their role and plight as neighbors of the national park.

Rich in detail and extensively illustrated, this book will appeal to the many Crater Lake National Park visitors who want to learn more about its history and to readers with an interest in national parks, Native Americans, environmental history, and the history of Oregon.

About the author

Rick Harmon is a historian, editor, and writer. For fifteen years, he was editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Chapter 1: Beginnings

Chapter 2: Clash of Cultures

Chapter 3: Enter Will Steel

Chapter 4: Birth and Early Years of Oregon's National Park

Chapter 5: The National Park Service and Crater Lake

Chapter 6: Frustration and Achievement

Chapter 7: Trauma and Recovery

Chapter 8: New Directions

Chapter 9: Challenge and Opportunity in the New Century


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