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Butte Falls in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, May 31, 2015
1. Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin Marker
Inscription. Early-day explorers, settlers, and rangers named some the the places in the forest. "Whiskey Spring" apparently received its name as part of an "alcoholic" theme, along with "Rye Spring" and "Bourbon Spring" to the south. Also a few miles to the south is "Skeeter's Swamp" named for a local settler, not the blood-thirsty insect.

You are now in the Rogue River National Forest. Formerly called the "Crater National Forest," is was established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Whiskey Spring Campground, a short distance away, offers restrooms and a one-mile interpretive loop trail around a beaver pond.

Skeeter Ranger Station was built in 1911, after the big fire year of 1910. From remote cabins such as this, Forest Service fire guards patrolled the woods on horseback.

Mt. McLoughlin has been a "mountain of many names." The Takelma called it "Alwilamchaldis." The first trappers knew is as "Sastise" [or Shasta]. The name change to Mt. Pitt was the result of an early map-making error. Although many people still call it "Mt. Pitt," the name McLoughlin dates back over 150 years. It honors pioneer Dr. John McLoughlin, considered the "Father of Oregon."
 
Erected by BLM Medford District, Town of Butte Falls, Butte Falls Economic Development Commission,
Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, May 31, 2015
2. Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin Marker
Butte Falls Ranger District.
 
Location. 42° 29.586′ N, 122° 25.382′ W. Marker is in Butte Falls, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Fish Lake Rd and Park Meadows Rd, on the right when traveling west on Fish Lake Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Butte Falls OR 97522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Douglas C. Ingram Memorial Tree (approx. 1.2 miles away); Butte Springs Watershed (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cat Hill (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
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Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, May 31, 2015
3. Whiskey Spring and Mt. McLoughlin Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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