I lived in Klamath Falls for a couple of years back in the early 1970s; I worked as a VW mechanic for Stone’s Volkswagen dealership. I loved living there; I rented a house that was right on a very short river. The name is gone and the river might be but it ran just outside my bedroom window back then. My co-workers were natives and they were all avid outdoors men; hunters, fishermen, horseback riders. They took me in and we had some great times in the mountains. It does get cold there and back then, fist fighting was sort of a pass time: if you were bored with drinking, you could always get a fight started. I myself was physically thrown out of a bar by a few lumbermen because I defended Muhammad Ali’s right reject the draft. Another big contributor to that particular beating was that I defended his right to change his name from Cassius Clay.
IIRC, K-Falls was sort of in between the Klamath and Modoc reservations; those two tribes had a history of hating each other and some of their fights were very serious as in gun fire and knife play. I once saw one guy chasing another down the main street, wielding an axe and shouting curses; I didn’t stay around for the conclusion.
Klamath Lake was a very nice place during the season and it made a good ice patch during the winter. A very large number of Pacific pelicans spent a part of each year mating and nesting on the islands there; in order to track the origins of those pelicans they would be netted and, depending on where they were from, they would be painted/dyed various colors; if you didn’t know this in advance, the sight of blue, green, pink, etc., etc. pelicans was somewhat disconcerting. Also, IIRC, Tule Lake was located to the north east of the city; there had been very large lava flows there and there were multiple caves available for exploring. That area was also the site of the Modoc Indian War against the US. The Modoc nation fought the US to a standstill and I believe that the Indians have never surrendered.
Again, IIRC, the north western part of the city had a lot of houses that were heated by geothermal methods. Those houses, of course, were among the most expensive in the city.
Anyway, I’m old and I ramble but I did absolutely love that area and wouldn’t at all mind seeing it again. It was certainly a significant part of my hippie days.