EARLY HISTORY The lake was of course known to the Indians, who were said to have some sort of superstition about it, but it was perhaps first known to white men in 1853. The first authentic account of it came from John Westey Hillman, a young prospector who saw it while leading a party in search of a rumored "Lost Cabin Mine," and named it Deep Blue Lake. Hillman's discovery was apparently forgotten in the excitement of gold discoveries and Indian wars, but in October 1862 another party of prospectors, led by Chauncey Nye, saw the lake and, thinking they had made a discovery, named it Blue Lake. Three years later two soldiers from Fort Klamath discovered it again and named it Lake Majestic. In 1869 visitors from Jacksonville saw it and named it Crater Lake.