A Moment in Oregon History: What famous writer visited Crater Lake in 1911?

Jack London

Jack London

Jack London, the famous American writer of many novels and short stories set in the Yukon, passed through Medford in 1911 on his way to visit Crater Lake. He rode in a wagon drawn by a four-horse team and was accompanied by his wife and a Japanese servant. He later told a reporter of his impressions of Crater Lake, saying:

“It is worth traveling hundreds of miles to see. I thought that I had gazed upon everything beautiful in nature as I have spent many years traveling thousands of miles to view the beauty spots of the earth, but I have reached the climax. Never again can I gaze upon the beauty spots of the earth and enjoy them as being the finest thing I have ever seen. Crater Lake is far above them all.”
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

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