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Crater Lake - A Most Sacred Place Among The Indians Of Southern Oregon
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On June 5, 1853, Crater Lake about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls, southern Oregon, was seen by white men for the first time. Three gold prospectors came upon it by accident while searching the legendary 'Lost Cabin' gold mine and one remarked in his journal: 'This is the bluest lake we've ever seen.' They named it Deep Blue Lake.
By then Crater Lake has long been a place of mystery, revered as sacred by the Klamath tribe of Native Americans, whose myths embody the catastrophic event they witnessed thousands of years ago when the volcanic Mount Mazama blew its top in spectacular fashion. The eruption, estimated to have been 42 times more powerful than Mt. St. Helens' 1980 blast, reduced Mazama's approximate 11,000 foot height by around half a mile, and the Crater Lake caldera was formed.
Today, Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park remains a sacred site for power quests and other spiritual pursuits, both for members of the Klamath Tribe and those interested in Native American spirituality.
And for just about everyone, the spectacular lake with its crystalline beauty is a place of religious-like awe.
March 23rd, 2011
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