[pct-l] Oregon PCT Names
hikin_steve at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 20 14:21:34 CST 2008
Wayne, Thanks for the history of Oregon Places and how they were named.
Here's a shot of Pamelia Lake that I took last September: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85748062@N00/1398978975/
Two other lakes near this same location that I enjoy hiking to are Hunt's Cove and Hank's Lake. This photo is of Hank's Lake from the PCT, from July '06:
I look forward to additional tales about the names of Oregon.
(PCT candidate - Class of '08)
Wayne Kraft <wayneskraft at comcast.net> wrote:
I was gifted this Christmas with a magnificent book entitled Oregon
Geographical Names. This hefty tome, 2 1/2 inches thick, is a
multi-generational labor of love produced first by Lewis A. "Tam" McArthur
and now maintained and updated by Tam's son, Lewis L. McArthur. Tam
McArthur Rim, a wild and wonderful feature on the east side of Oregon's
Three Sisters (the PCT runs along the west side) is named for the original
author or "compiler" as he humbly refers to himself.
The place names of Oregon weave a complex and fascinating tale. I dare say
you could learn most of what's worth knowing of Oregon's history just by
studying these geographical names.
A sample: Just before the PCT makes its notorious crossing of Milk Creek in
Oregon's Mount Jefferson Wilderness, a short side trail leads to Pamelia
Lake and its outlet, Pamelia Creek. Pamelia Creek was named by early
explorer John Minto after Pamelia Berry, an expedition cook known to have a
particularly sunny disposition. Many geographical features are, in turn,
named for John Minto including 5600' Minto Pass across which the PCT passes
several miles to the south (just after the impressive traverse of Three
Fingered Jack's western slope).
Pamelia Lake was later named after the creek by Judge John Waldo, an early
Oregon political luminary from a prominent family of Oregon and Northern
California, who spent much time tramping about in the high Cascades. (John
Waldo's Uncle Bill was nominated as a candidate for governor of California
by the Whig Party in 1853.)You'll not be surprised to find that Judge Waldo
has his own lake, Waldo Lake, not far off the PCT a few miles north of Odell
Lake. Waldo is one of Oregon's largest high mountain lakes, but Judge Waldo
was a man of such character that he also has his own glacier on the
southeast slope of Mount Jefferson.
And Odell Lake, well, that is a story for another time.
If no one objects too strenuously, I will add a note now and then to PCT-l
as I find more interesting Oregon PCT Names stories. I will use this same
subject line so you can delete them unread if you find them incredibly
boring. I will warn you, however, that if someone does object strenuously
you may find that I will join in some of the other discussions, such as the
recent very detailed ruminations on butt-wiping, water caching and bear
feeding, with probable devastating consequences.
We tend to view the lands through which our trail passes as untrammeled and
uninhabited. Contemplation of the history of the land via study of the
place names reveals this to be untrue. For more than a hundred years
before our hikes our European ancestors tramped these woods and mountains.
For millennia before them the original inhabitants lived here as comfortably
as we now live in our own homes and neighborhoods. When you stop for lunch
or camp for the night it is good to think about all these generations before
us who have, perhaps on this very spot, eaten a meal prepared by a
particularly cheerful camp chef or returned generation after generation for
summer hunting and gathering.
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