William Steel was an avid collector. For nearly 50 years he clipped newspaper articles and pictures that he placed in massive scrapbooks. He also compiled names. He made a hobby of both naming landmarks and collecting information about the origins of place names. In 1930, the U.S. government purchased many of Steel's scrapbooks for $1,000. The holdings contain 57,800 items and weigh 600 pounds. Most of the books are now in the Crater Lake National Park archives.
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