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  1. A Klamath Chief at Crater Lake - Curtis

    A Klamath Chief at Crater Lake - c. 1923

    This view by Edward Curtis shows a Klamath chief in a ceremonial headdress looking out across Crater Lake, probably the most important site in the Klamath territory. Learn More
  2. Along East Shore of Wizard Island, in Crater Lake - Vail

    Along East Shore of Wizard Island, in Crater Lake - 1905

    A self-portrait of photographer Willis Vail and his sister Evangeline, docked at Wizard Island. You can see the string he's using to trip the shutter. Learn More
  3. Along the Shore at Crater Lake - Kiser

    Along the Shore at Crater Lake - c. 1910

    This hand-tinted view by Kiser looks along the south shore of the lake, towards Mount Scott in the distance. Learn More
  4. Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Annie Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    Pinnacles formed by erosion around ancient volcanic vents can be seen on the right slope of Annie Creek Canyon, located near Mazama Village at Crater Lake. Learn More
  5. Annie Creek Canyon, Near Crater Lake - Tibbitts

    Annie Creek Canyon, Near Crater Lake - c. 1908

    This view of Annie Creek Canyon is reproduced from an original glass negative by Howard Tibbitts, who was based in San Francisco where he worked for Sunset Magazine. Learn More
  6. Boating on Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerkin

    Boating on Crater Lake - 1912

    This is a hand-tinted version of a well-known photograph by Kunselman and Gerking, usually seen in its original black and white form. Learn More
  7. Car Camping at the Newly Completed Crater Lake Lodge

    Car Camping at the Newly Completed Crater Lake Lodge - c. 1916

    Car camping was popular by 1916, and setups often involved pitching a tent over the car itself, as can be seen by two sets of campers in the foreground. Learn More
  8. Castle Crest and Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Castle Crest and Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - c. 1912

    The trail to the top of Garfield Peak, in the center of this image, winds along rugged Castle Crest, just this side of the peak. Learn More
  9. Crater Lake - Cross and Dimmitt

    Crater Lake - c. 1925

    This hand-tinted view of Crater Lake was created by scenic photographers Cross and Dimmitt of Portland in the mid 1920s. Learn More
  10. Crater Lake as Seen from the Studio on Victor Rock - Kiser

    Crater Lake as Seen from the Studio on Victor Rock - c. 1925

    Photographer Fred Kiser didn't have to go far to create this photograph; it's taken from the front porch of his studio on the rim of Crater Lake. Learn More
  11. Crater Lake from Castle Crest - Kiser

    Crater Lake from Castle Crest - 1903

    This early view of Crater Lake was created by brothers Fred and Oscar Kiser, as part of a series documenting the Will G. Steel Excursion in 1903. Learn More
  12. Crater Lake from the South Rim - Kiser

    Crater Lake from the South Rim - c. 1910

    This colorful view of Crater Lake is recreated from a hand-tinted photograph produced by Fred Kiser in about 1910. Learn More
  13. Crater Lake from Upper Rim - Oregon Skyline Photo Co.

    Crater Lake from Upper Rim - 1928

    We don't know much about the Oregon Skyline Photo Company, but they left us some impressive photographs. Learn More
  14. Crater Lake Lodge, After Expansion - Eddy

    Crater Lake Lodge, After Expansion - 1926

    Originally opened in 1915, Crater Lake Lodge was significantly expanded from 1922 through 1924, doubling the number of guest rooms and adding private bathrooms to the lodge's new wing. Learn More
  15. Crater Lake Lodge, Before Expansion

    Crater Lake Lodge, Before Expansion - 1921

    This unusually early photo of Crater Lake Lodge was taken in 1921. We can date it from the dealer plates on the car. Learn More
  16. Crater Lake, First Photo at Water Level - Logan

    Crater Lake, First Photo at Water Level - c.1884

    Cameras were large and trails down to the water at Crater Lake were scarce when Ashland photographer Charles Logan created this view in about 1884. Learn More
  17. Dutton Cliff from Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Dutton Cliff from Garfield Peak, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This hand-tinted photo was taken from about half-way up Garfield Peak, where a trail was built between 1905 and 1910. Learn More
  18. First Photo Showing Entire Crater Lake, from Mt. Scott - Kiser

    First Photo Showing Entire Crater Lake, from Mt. Scott - 1903

    Fred and his brother Oscar Kiser were very proud of this photo, as it was the first time the entire lake was captured on on photograph. Learn More
  19. Grand Arch, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Grand Arch, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    A loan boater guides his craft across Crater Lake in this photo taken from the Grand Arch on the west shore. Learn More
  20. Hillman Peak and Llao Rock, Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Hillman Peak and Llao Rock, Crater Lake - c. 1912

    This view of the northwest rim of Crater Lake stretches from Hillman Peak on the left to Llao Rock on the right. Learn More
  21. Joaquin Miller Writing a Poem, Steel Excursion - Kiser

    Joaquin Miller Writing a Poem, Steel Excursion - 1903

    Joaquin Miller, "The Poet of the Sierras", was about 65 when he joined the Will G. Steel Excursion to Crater Lake. He was hired by Sunset Magazine to report on his trip. Learn More
  22. Launching the Boat, Steel Party at Crater Lake - Kiser

    Launching the Boat, Steel Party at Crater Lake - 1903

    This was not the first boat on Crater Lake, but it was an important one, lowered to the lake by the Will G. Steel excursion in 1903. Learn More
  23. Lava Dike in Devil's Backbone, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Lava Dike in Devil's Backbone, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This tinted photo of Devil's Backbone with Llao Rock in the background was created by Fred Kiser, likely early in his career. Learn More
  24. Llao Rock and Devil's Backbone from North of Wizard Island - Vail

    Llao Rock and Devil's Backbone from North of Wizard Island - 1905

    This striking view was taken just above water level by railroad worker Willis Vail, who must have reached his vantage point by boat. Learn More
  25. Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This photo was taken from Rim Village, near where Crater Lake Lodge was built. Learn More
  26. Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Llao Rock and Mt. Thielsen, Crater Lake - c. 1907

    This early sepia-tone photo by scenic photographer Fred Kiser features Llao Rock, the vertical cliff in the center, and Mt. Thielsen, the pointed mountain in the distance. Learn More
  27. Looking Across Steel Bay from Rim Drive, Crater Lake - Eddy

    Looking Across Steel Bay from Rim Drive, Crater Lake - c. 1930

    In 1930, photographer Ralph Eddy would have used the one-lane unpaved Rim Road to reach this vantage point at Crater Lake. Learn More
  28. Looking North Across Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    Looking North Across Crater Lake - c. 1912

    This classic view of Crater Lake is recreated from a hand-tinted original produced by Kunselman and Gerking during their brief partnership in about 1912. Learn More
  29. Looking North from Skell Head, Crater Lake - Eddy

    Looking North from Skell Head, Crater Lake - c. 1930

    This photo of Crater Lake was taken from Skell Head, at 8,000 feet elevation. Learn More
  30. Lowering a Boat through Cleetwood Canyon to Crater Lake - Kiser

    Lowering a Boat through Cleetwood Canyon to Crater Lake - 1903

    Cleetwood Canyon, located behind the current lodge, was named by William Steel because this is the location where the Cleetwood, the first boat to reach the lake, was slid down in 1886. Learn More
  31. Launching the Boat - The Start, Steel Excursion, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Lowering the Boat "The Start" down to Crater Lake - 1903

    Part of the Will G. Steel Excursion helps to lower the boat down to the lake. The boat was likely named for the fact that Crater Lake National Park was created the year before. Learn More
  32. Near View, Wizard Island, Crater Lake - Fred Kiser

    Near View, Wizard Island, Crater Lake - c. 1927

    This close-up view of Wizard Island is identified on its back as being by Fred H. Kiser, Authorized Photographer for Crater Lake National Park. Learn More
  33. Nearing Summit of Castle Crest, Steel Excursion to Crater Lake - Kiser

    Nearing Summit of Castle Crest, Steel Excursion to Crater Lake - 1903

    Some of the twenty-seven members of the Steel Excursion make their way to the top of Castle Crest, near where Crater Lake Lodge now stands. Learn More
  34. New Sinnott Memorial Building at Crater Lake - Shangle

    New Sinnott Memorial Building at Crater Lake - 1933

    Dedicated in 1931, the Sinnott Memorial Building was two years old when this photo was created by J. Verne Shangle. Learn More
  35. On Rim of Crater Lake, Will G. Steel Excursion - Kiser

    On Rim of Crater Lake, Will G. Steel Excursion - 1903

    Some of the principals of the Steel excursion are artfully posed on the rim of Crater Lake by the excursion's photographer, Fred Kiser. Learn More
  36. On the Rim Trail, Crater Lake - Eddy

    On the Rim Trail, Crater Lake - 1930

    This carefully composed image of an often-photographed lake was created by Ralph Eddy as a postcard view, as he added southern Oregon scenes to his offerings. Learn More
  37. On the Shore of Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    On the Shore of Crater Lake - c. 1912

    There have been boats on Crater Lake since at least 1869, used for both scientific study and pleasure cruises. This photo from 1912 shows that fishing had been added to that list. Learn More
  38. Panorama of Crater Lake - Kiser

    Panorama of Crater Lake - c. 1915

    Clarence Winter produced some of the most striking hand-tinted images of Oregon, often working with master colorist Frederick P. Leutters. Learn More
  39. Panorama of Crater Lake - Patterson

    Panorama of Crater Lake - c. 1925

    This softly hand-tinted photograph of Crater Lake was created by Frank Patterson, who in the 1920s competed with Fred Kiser to produce views of this popular tourist destination. Learn More
  40. Panorama of Crater Lake - Cross & Dimmitt

    Panorama of Crater Lake - c. 1930

    Crater Lake calls out for panoramic views. This hand-tinted version was created by photographers Cross and Dimmitt, based in Portland (and at Crown Point, in the Columbia Gorge). Learn More
  41. Panorama of Crater Lake from Discovery Point - Tibbitts

    Panorama of Crater Lake from Discovery Point - c. 1908

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    This incredibly detailed image is pieced together from five glass negatives created by Howard Tibbits, an early photographer for Sunset Magazine. Learn More
  42. Panorama of Crater Lake from the East Rim - Patterson

    Panorama of Crater Lake from the East Rim - c. 1925

    This panorama of Crater Lake is unusual due to its vantage point. Most of the tinted photographs we see are taken from near the Lodge, but here we are looking back towards the Lodge from the east rim. Learn More
  43. Panorama of Crater Lake with Phantom Ship - Patterson

    Panorama of Crater Lake with Phantom Ship - c. 1925

    Photographers Frank Patterson and Fred Kiser were competitors in southern Oregon in the 1920s. Both produced hand-tinted photos of Crater Lake; this is an example of Patterson's work. Learn More
  44. Party Leaving Medford, Steel Crater Lake Excursion - Kiser

    Party Leaving Medford, Steel Crater Lake Excursion - 1903

    In 1903, a promotional excursion to Crater Lake was organized by Will G. Steel, who advocated for the newly designated national park there for years. Learn More
  45. Passing Phantom Ship by Boat, Crater Lake - Patterson

    Passing Phantom Ship by Boat, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    Most of us never had the chance to see Crater Lake and its islands at water level. Fortunately, photographer Frank Patterson captured that scene for us over 80 years ago. Learn More
  46. Phantom Ship from Kerr Notch, Crater Lake - Eddy

    Phantom Ship from Kerr Notch, Crater Lake - 1926

    This striking view of Phantom Ship island in Crater Lake was created by photographer Ralph Eddy during one of his early trips to the lake in 1926. Learn More
  47. Phantom Ship Hiding in a Reflection - Eddy

    Phantom Ship Hiding in a Reflection - c. 1930

    Photographers and tourists alike are drawn to Crater Lake by the crisp reflections usually found on the surface of its calm and deep waters. Learn More
  48. Phantom Ship Island, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Phantom Ship Island, in Crater Lake - 1919

    This photo was used by the American landscape artist Henry Howard Bagg (1852-1928) as the foundation for his painting #1510, featured in a calendar from the Murphy Calendar Company of Red Oak, Iowa. Learn More
  49. Phantom Ship, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Phantom Ship, Crater Lake - c. 1919

    We're dating this hand-tinted photo to 1919, as the black and white version shown below in Related Items was published that year. However, the colorized version shown here was published about 1925. Learn More
  50. Pinnacles at Sand Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - Kiser

    Pinnacles at Sand Creek Canyon, Crater Lake - c. 1925

    The Pinnacles are spires of eroded rock, located at the confluence of Sand Creek and Wheeler Creek. Some are as much as 200 feet high. Learn More

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