Rim Drive of Crater Lake National Park is a 33 mile loop around the volcanic caldera of the namesake lake. The earliest iteration of Rim Drive (Rim Road) was completed by 1918 and the current facility was completed by 1941. Modern Rim Drive is presently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Depicted above is Wizard Island from Rim Drive during the winter of 2016. Modern Rim Drive can be seen depicted below on the 1944 Rand McNally/State Farm Highway Map of Oregon.
Part 1; the history of Rim Drive
Crater Lake is the volcanic caldera of what is known as Mount Mazama. Presently the peak elevation of Mount Mazama consists of a 8,157 foot high portion of the rim above Crater Lake. Mount Mazama is thought to have been at least 12,000 feet high before it experienced a major eruption approximately 7,700 years ago. The eruption 7,700 years ago was powerful enough to empty the magma chamber beneath Mount Mazama which collapsed into the void left behind. The collapse of Mount Mazama formed a caldera which filled with water up to a depth of 1,943 feet creating Crater Lake. The collapse of Mount Mazama is thought to have been carried through oral traditions of the local Klamath tribes.
Much of the history pertaining to Rim Drive can be found on the NPS.gov article below:
Crater Lake was first observed by Europeans when gold prospectors stumbled upon it on June 12th, 1853. Even before it was a National Park the waters of Crater Lake were attractive for early tourism on the American West Coast. In 1863 the Army Outpost of Fork Klamath was established near Crater Lake in the northern extent of the Klamath Basin. Subsequently a stage road was constructed in 1865 from the mining town of Jacksonville across the Cascade Range via the Rogue River and Annie Creek to Fort Klamath. This new stage road passed directly south of Crater Lake and allowed for relative ease of access by 19th Century standards. The stage road between Jacksonville and Fort Klamath forms the generalized corridor of Oregon Route 62 ("OR 62") and can be seen on the 1872 Bancroft's Map of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.
In 1869 a group led by the editor of the Jacksonville Newspaper visited Crater Lake via the Jacksonville-Fort Klamath stage road. The expedition by the Jacksonville Newspaper named Crater Lake and visited Wizard Island. The expedition to Crater Lake by the Jacksonville Newspaper was published and widely distributed leading to a tourism boom. In 1886 a USGS expedition fully surveyed Crater Lake and Wizard Island. The 1886 USGS expedition along with lobbying led Congress to approve the creation of Crater Lake National Park on May 22nd, 1902.In 1905 a road extending from the Jacksonville-Fort Klamath Stage Road to the rim of Crater Lake was constructed from Munson Valley. This connecting road to the rim of Crater Lake began near Annie Creek and ascended to the present location of Rim Village. A circuit road around the rim of Crater Lake was seen as a desirable way of allowing tourism to access all areas of Crater Lake National Park. Subsequently construction of "Rim Road" around Crater Lake began in 1913 under the supervision of the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction of the Rim Road began from what was to be the East Entrance road to Crater Lake National Park to Lost Creek. From Lost Creek construction of the Rim Road progressed westward towards Munson Valley and counter clockwise around Crater Lake. Rim Road was incorporated into the initial run of State Highways when the Oregon State Route System was created on November 27th, 1917 as The Rim Highway #24.
Rim Road can be seen circling Crater Lake on the 1925 Rand McNally Map of Washington and Oregon as part of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Part of Rim Road can be seen signed towards the East Entrance Road as part of the California Banff "B" Line. The National Parks Highway can be seen terminating at Crater Lake National Park.