Crater Lake National Park Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1934

Crater Lake National Park Stamp

Part of the classic National Parks stamp set that is very popular with stamp collectors; the six cent blue Crater Lake National Park stamp was issued on September 5, 1934.

Located in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is named for its most famous feature, Crater Lake.  The lake was formed when Mount Mazama exploded in a huge volcanic eruption around 8,000 years ago.  Following the eruption, the volcano’s peak collapsed and formed a huge caldera.  Over the centuries the caldera filled with rainwater creating a very deep lake at the top of the mountain.  Even though it is located on a mountain, the lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is nearly 2000 feet deep at its greatest depth.  It is also known for the striking blue color of the water which is caused by the fact that there are no rivers entering or exiting the lake.

Native Americans have lived in the Crater Lake region for thousands of years, and some of their oldest legends describe the prehistoric eruption of Mount Mazama.  The lake was “discovered” in 1853 by gold prospectors.  As word traveled back to the east, other travelers and explorers visited the area.  In 1886, USGS survey teams surveyed the lake and the surrounding region.  President Theodore Roosevelt established Crater Lake National Park in 1902 to preserve the unique natural beauty of the area.

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