Rocky Point in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Crystal Recreation Area
established in 1893 by D. G. Brown.
Developed as a recreational area
by the Winema National Forest
and Klamath County Park board.
Erected by Klamath County Historical Society.
Location. 42° 34.557′ N, 122° 5.187′ W. Marker is in Rocky Point, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker can be reached from Westside Road (Route 531). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Klamath Falls OR 97601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. UMC Indian Mission (approx. 9½ miles away); Ft. Klamath Frontier Post (approx. 9.8 miles away); The First Sawmill (approx. 9.8 miles away); The Town of Fort Klamath (approx. 9.9 miles away); Fort Klamath Military Cemetery Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Site of Fort Klamath (approx. 10 miles away); Denny Creek (approx. 13.6 miles away).
Regarding Crystal Recreation Area. The Klamath County Historical Society had a website link to an article on the history of this school (weblink no longer exists) and it read:
Crystal#18 -- 1893-1943
The school district #18 in Klamath County originally
Miss Farrar of Klamath Falls was the first teacher, the term ending at Thanksgiving time. Teachers to follow were Mary Johnson, Jessie Rose, Allen Holt, John Stuart, Austin Holt and Annie J. Stockwell who became Mrs. Gilbert Brown. Miss Stockwell graded the school in 1900. Later, a two year high school was added. District #18, being large, operated several schools: one at Crystal, one at Odessa, and a school building on skids was moved with the camp of the Pelican Bay Lumber Company in the area. The Crystal, Odessa, and Pelican Bay schools were administered by a single board of directors.
Doris Ady Peyton who taught a six-month term at Crystal in 1922 says it took her all day to reach there from Klamath Falls. At daybreak, she took a train to Chiloquin, and traveled by sled the rest of the way to the home of Mrs. Fred Brown where she boarded. There were 11 children and 1 teacher. One family furnished 10 of the 11 pupils, so when that family moved over the week-end, school
(The site of the school is noted as having been repurposed as a picnic site in a June 1970 article of the Herald and News. As of this writing in 2012, a hand water pump remains at the site, just north of the picnic site and along the east edge of the Westside Road.)
The only remnant remaining from the school is an old hand water pump that resides a number of feet behind the historical marker.
Also see . . . Daniel Gilbert Brown obituary. The life of Daniel Brown, who established Crystal School (Submitted on December 7, 2016, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
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