Gold Hill: Indian Trails

June 15, 1991

Sixteen Obsidians and guests met at the SEHS parking lot on Saturday morning, June 15 at 8:00 a.m. for a trip to Gold Hill, which is northeast of the town of Vida. We met our guide and instructor, Bill Burwell, at Walterville Store. Bill led us by car past Blue River Reservoir and up good logging roads about 18 miles from the town of Blue River. At this point, the road was no longer maintained by the Forest Service„ so we walked about 2½ miles to the top of the ridge where the Kalapuya Indians and Mollala tribes would come each summer to rendezvous and pick huckleberries for part of their winter diet. Bill told us that the Indians would burn the huckleberry bushes every few years to keep the area open, keep the other vegetation down, and revitalize the huckleberry bushes. Bill has studied the Kalapuya Indian culture and is very knowledgeable about this subject. He was also very good about answering our questions. From the top of the ridge where the Kalapuyas camped many years ago, we could see the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington. At the top, Bill also showed us Renfrow’s grave, and the spring which had lots of nice cold water coming out of it. On the way home, the leader took a wrong logging road and realized it when he crossed the North Fork of the Kalapuya River! We saw a lot of new territory that way, the road was good and only six miles further. Those along were Mary Battin, Mona Bronson, Ray Jensen, Helen Lynch, Mary Millman, Anne Montgomery, Lenore McManigal, Virginia Prouty, Alys Riley, Betty Staeck, Stacey and Pam Sutton, Paula Vehrs, Birgitte Williams, Augustine Yow and Bill Burwell and John McManigal (leaders).

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