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


Crater Lake, First Photo at Water Level - Logan

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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. As best we can determine, this is the first known photograph of Crater Lake from lake level. Wizard Island and Llao Rock appear prominently.

We are dating this image, recreated from an original boudoir card, to 1884 - early in Logan's time in Ashland - as his boudoir card is identified only with a simple rubber stamp of "Logan". His cards later in the 1880s had professionally printed identification.

Note to researchers: We have three other Logan photos of Crater Lake from this era which we haven't yet added to the website. Contact us if you're interested.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0862
Photographer Charles W. Logan
Location Crater Lake, Klamath County
Subject Lakes and Reservoirs, Rock Formations
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.4 x 7.7 inches
Photographer's Number No