LASSEN PEAK, Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Our most recently active volcano, Lassen Peak began erupting in
1914, the year World War I also erupted, and it continued through
1917. The law establishing the national park in 1916 directed that no
appropriations in excess of $5,000 annually be made available for its
administration and protection unless specifically authorized by an act
of Congress. This prohibited inclusion of a larger amount in the annual
appropriations until the restrictive provision was repealed in 1922.
Meanwhile the National Park Service had the
responsibility of carrying our the provision of the 1916 Act which
directed the "freest use" of the park for recreational purposes by the
public; also the preservation from spoliation of all natural features.
That was a large order, on $5,000 a year; and visitors understandably
expected better service than could be provided.