Gillespie Butte

October 31, 2008

Seven Obsidians showed up in raingear for this Friday hike to Gillespie Butte, a natural area with old oak habitat right in the middle of Eugene. Mercifully, the rain turned to a drizzle soon after we started. Still, clouds hugged the valley floor, making it impossible for us to enjoy the panorama with views of Skinner and Spencer buttes. A few of us were disappointed to note that someone had removed the “Legacy Tree” plaque, which designated that the butte’s stand of white oaks ranges in age from 100 to 250 years old. On the butte’s north side, we spent a bit of time wandering around the pioneer cemetery, named after The Rev. Jacob Gillespie, who settled on the butte and began maintaining the cemetery in the late 1850s. We noted several other names prominent in Eugene history too, including Young, Goodpasture, Ayers and Armitage. Joining Chris Cunningham were Myron Cook, Donna Halker, Dick Hildreth, Margaret Prentice, Moshe Rapaport and Barb Sutherland.

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