Klamath County

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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. Capt. Applegate & Joaquin Miller at Klamath Agency, Steel Excursion - Kiser

    Capt. Applegate & Joaquin Miller at Klamath Agency, Steel Excursion - 1903

    Capt. O. C. Applegate was not a member of the Steel Excursion; he was leading his own party of thirty to the rim at the same time, and the two groups interacted. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. First Train to Klamath Falls

    First Train to Klamath Falls - 1909

    The city of Klamath Falls had long desired a railroad, and when the Southern Pacific completed its line into town from Weed ,CA in 1909 the citizens turned out to celebrate. The coming of the railroad was a very big deal for towns throughout the Northwest. Learn More
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. In the Forest - Curtis

    In the Forest - 1923

    A Klamath man in traditional garb sits quietly in front of a Ponderosa pine, probably in the Klamath Basin. Learn More
  24. In the Ponderosa Near Klamath Falls

    In the Ponderosa Near Klamath Falls - c. 1910

    The original for this detailed image of a stand of Ponderosa was a large print that hung for many years in the Weyerhaeuser offices in Klamath Falls. Learn More
  25. 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
  26. Klamath Falls Town View - Hazeltine

    Klamath Falls Town View - 1890s

    This circa 1890 photo looks across well-maintained farms and the lake to Klamath Falls and the hills behind the town. Learn More
  27. Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a Klamath woman may have been taken earlier, but was published in 1923 in Volume 13 of Curtis' "The North American Indian". Learn More
  28. Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - Curtis

    Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - c. 1923

    Wokas, the seed of a type of water lily, are an important traditional food for the Klamath people of southern Oregon. Learn More
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Lighthearted Kids in Merrill FSA Camp - Lange

    Lighthearted Kids in Merrill FSA Camp - 1939

    While many of Dorothea Lange's Depression photos reveal the hardships and strain of life at that time, this view demonstrates that kids can still smile in any environment. Learn More
  32. Link River at Klamath Falls - M.S. Stewart Co.

    Link River at Klamath Falls - c. 1910

    The Link River flowing through the town of Klamath Falls is one of the shortest rivers you'll find. Roughly one mile long, it flows from Klamath Lake to Lake Ewauna. Learn More
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Lower Portion of Klamath Falls - M. S. Stewart Co.

    Lower Portion of Klamath Falls - c. 1910

    This hundred-year-old view shows the lower end of Klamath Falls, looking to the southeast across farmlands to the east of Lake Ewana. Learn More
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. Old and New in Klamath County - M. S. Stewart Company

    Old and New in Klamath County - c. 1908

    Three local Native American men join the driver of this early, and quite substantial, automobile in a contrast of the traditional and the modern. Learn More
  46. Old Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Old Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a woman who has seen much was published in 1923 as part of Edward S. Curtis' masterpiece, "The North American Indian". Learn More
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. Overview of Klamath Falls - M. S. Stewart Co.

    Overview of Klamath Falls - c. 1910

    Between 1900 and 1910 the population of Klamath Falls exploded - from less than 500 to over 2,500. This view shows the result of that increase. Learn More

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