Crater Lake National Park Roads, Crater Lake, Klamath County, OR
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER OR-107
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N879).
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1931 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1865 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1905 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1914 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1925 initial construction
Significance: The primary roads in Crater Lake National Park were designed and constructed to provide visitor access to the park's scenic features, which are largely concentrated along the rim of Crater Lake. Blending roads harmoniously with the landscape was the stated goal of the National Park Service in its collaboration with the Bureau of Public Roads, most notably on the circuit called "Rim Drive." The aim of subordination in road design to geological phenomena, dramatic vistas, and subalpine forests also applied to the approach roads, particularly where ancillary attractions like the "Pinnacles" or Annie Creek Canyon could be seen by motorists. The Rim Drive, however, remains an especially noteworthy example of "naturalization" among all national park roads built during the 1930s.Remnants of other roads at Crater Lake illustrate construction methods that date to 1865 and changed once horse-drawn grading equipment became available a decade or so later. Early wagon roads were eventually realigned for highways designed for automobiles, but pieces of a circulation system built by the Army Corps of Engineers from 1913 to 1919 are still evident in the park, particularly in places near the rim. Evolving design standards can also be seen within the current road system, a product of a collaboration that began in 1926 between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads.
"Mission 66" Program
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Bureau Of Public Roads
Public Roads Administration
Federal Highway Administration
Arant, W. F.
Civilian Conservation Corps
Davis, Tim, Historian
Lehman, Sarah, Delineator
Stowell, Walton, Delineator
Stoyanova, Simona, Delineator
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Mark, Stephen, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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