An even more exciting sight was the Northern Harrier Sofie spotted flying about twenty-five feet above the car grasping a surprisingly nonchalant-looking rubber boa in its talons. But back to Watson. We took so many pictures, some of which are included in the blog. But it was so nice to learn about family! | Generally, however, both sets of rock art seem concerned with astronomical phenomena. For eighteen years she was the clerk of School District 81, the Arock School district. After that we went to visit Hazel (Glenn’s mother). A sign informing that the road down into to the Birch Creek ranch was closed underscored the likelihood. Driving through the countryside we saw billboards advertising Euskara language courses. This could involve tramping through some cheat grass! Hawaii was later adopted. The most important community along the Owyhee river north of Jordan Creek was Watson, which ironically does not appear on BLM maps. I’m certain that this underlying difference in lifestyle and values contributes to the difficulty of finding common ground with others over what it means to “protect” the Owyhee Canyonlands. Why not now? Birch Creek, Griffith Ranch, Island Ranch. That evening we soaked in the campground hot springs. We headed out one overcast Sunday. The human history that follows the expedition is filled with the same characters that inhabit many western stories. Most were spare one-room shelters. Watson’s place as a community center was supported by the rock house built by George Palmer in 1912. Still I was able to make the trek in about an hour and a half and little shade. Some families have ranched there for five, six and even seven generations. I backed up into my grandmother, alarmed. My original plan had been to kayak down reservoir to Doe Island on the second day. Some of these latter buildings–such as the Sheep Station at Arock (see post for 11/06/2016) or the station at Wickahoney in Owyhee County, Idaho–were built of stone and are still more or less standing. Aside from the overwhelming beauty of Donostia, its people and its food, the brightest highlight (given my fondness with old things) was the San Telmo Museum, which could be considered a sort of education center for those Basques whose ethnic learning had been stunted by Franco’s benighted policies. I didn’t know why it meant so much to my grandfather. I was so happy when I first hit a bullseye!”. | This is the exegesis of malheur as being composed of the elements mal (“bad”) and heur, which they gloss as “hour.”  Hanley, for example, renders malheur as “bad time.”  But the French word for “hour” is l’heure, with a final -e and feminine gender. Well, perhaps not entirely so. (As an erstwhile academic, I can appreciate the importance of that.) Lara and Sofie Capturing the Sunset at Warner Overlook. Ultimately the Owyhee Initiative resolved that problem for the Idaho portion of the Canyonlands. Although George is not mentioned in the interviews, a few other Franks are. The decision after the second night was to sleep in motels rather than RV parks. The compiler has no evidence that this event did not happen, but thinks it highly improbable that the name of the town originated in such a manner, and places no credence in the story.”  But the town was in Willow Creek valley, two watersheds distant from the Malheur River, and in the absence of any other evidence the story seems reasonable enough. Owyhee River boaters can expect a full immersion into a remarkable desert river ecosystem. (Except for their red bandanas, which we got in Pendleton.) But if one follows a map and even road signs in search of one of these places, what he often finds is merely a junction or perhaps an old abandoned school building, such as that at Sheaville on Highway 95 about ten miles north of Jordan Valley. The family history really interested me and I spent about half an hour pestering my grandfather about the names of all of the people so that I could include them in my story. But not without stopping to be fascinated, though. | This area was the territory of Western Shoshone, Northern Paiute, and Bannock peoples and their ancestors for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Americans. The earliest surviving record of the name is found on a map dating to 1825, drawn by William Kittson (who was previously with Mackenzie in 1819-1820, and then with Peter Skene Ogden in 1825), on which he notes "Owhyhee River" [his spelling]. They couldn’t, but since we had been able fairly easily to identify the site on Google maps, we were unconcerned. Stopping by the Donostia tourism office, I enquired where I might find information on the subject. Several does with fawns halted and turned to watch the advancing girls. The river offers outstanding scenery, recreation, geology, wildlife, and cultural values. The impression one gets traveling around Bayonne is that there is deep pride in Basque culture and language. There was (and still is) a Basque Cultural Center in Boise, and once a year or so young Basques would dress in white with red scarves and berets and dance at a Basque festival. This interest has led a number of people to write mostly self-published histories of the early settlers of the Owyhee. But interestingly there is nothing at either site that could be identified as a possible buffalo. I momentarily considered turning around again, but I was in need of a beer, so I continued on back. Granted, these are more often than not collections of anecdotes about people and places that might strike the trained historian as amateurish. The Owyhee River Journals. Several Malheur county residents have told me, sometimes rather vehemently, that monument designation would “devastate” cattlemen and the local economy. Back at the 4Runner, I filled a water bottle with cool water from a seven gallon container and poured it over my head. After coffee and breakfast, we drove the rest of the short distance to Wild Horse Table. This was made necessary by our desire for fresh vegetables and limited space for carrying comestibles generally. In the public campgrounds I could sleep on the ground next to the trailer, but most RV parks don’t allow that. While later histories each explain the name’s meaning (it is not clear whether the rendering in parentheses above is by Ogden or the editor), they also offer detail beyond what Ogden recorded, mostly following the 1902 Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties, which relates. They raised horses and cattle, some hay, vegetables and “lots of fruit.”  While living and ranching upriver at the Hole in the Ground, the Davises continued to lease the place. As a child living in Boise, Idaho I was aware of the Basques because a fair number had migrated to the Idaho/Oregon/Nevada region at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Monday was Labor Day, though aside from a few scattered American flags, there was little to suggest that it wasn’t just another day in Jordan Valley. It has become a stopping place for kayakers and a destination for ATVers, most of whom–I suspect–have little notion of the history. While not obviously germane to the present subject, the naming of the small gold mining town of Malheur in the northern part of the county warrants a comment. NOTE: River forecasts and additional data can be obtained at … The name of the river, to the best of my knowledge, first appears in the journal of Hudson’s Bay Company trader Peter Skene Ogden: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1826  We encamped on the River au Malheur (unfortunate river) so called on account of goods and furs hid here discovered and stolen by natives. And Oregonians. Miller and Janet lived at Red Butte, just downstream from the cemetery, and judging from census records, had five children–three boys and two girls. Later cartographers have simply copied them onto newer maps, occasionally leading the BLM to argue their presence disqualifies that area from being considered for wilderness designation. The following couple of years were spent in fitful ruminating over possible ways of getting to Watson short of walking or borrowing an ATV. Military service records have been extremely helpful in learning the full story of my mother’s brother’s amicide during the invasion of Sicily July 13,1943 and tracking down my father, whom I had never met. Also created in the Omnibus Land Act were five additional southwestern Idaho wilderness areas in Owyhee County, collectively known as the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas: The earliest settlers were a mixture of nationalities, including a large body of Irish, which explains the claim of one early settler, Bill Ross, that St. Patrick’s Day was the biggest dance of the year. No one has with any certainty explained the majority of the images, but the girls had fun searching them out and suggesting their own interpretations. "[6], About one-third of the men with Donald MacKenzie's Snake Country Expeditions of 1819–20 were Hawaiians, commonly called "Kanakas" or "Sandwich Islanders" in those days, with "Owyhee" being a standard period spelling of the proper Hawaiian language name for the islands, hawai'i, which then was otherwise unused in English. After a year in Copenhagen daughter Claudia’s family is permanently relocating to Munich, Germany–about an hour’s drive from son-in-law Mathias’ hometown. In 1984, Congress designated 120 miles (193 km) of the Owyhee, beginning at the Idaho-O… I did arrive in camp early enough to hike up Slocum Creek WSA. The day we visited, Silver City was the destination of hordes of ATVs and Mormon crickets. Jesse himself  homesteaded 320 acres nearby in 1924. References (For full citations see “Resources: History, Culture, Geography and Geology”). There were even Chinese who supplied the cooks for the hotel her family ran. He opened a stick and wire gate in a fence and motioned me through. [6], The Owyhee drains a remote area of the arid plateau region immediately north of the Great Basin, rising in northeastern Nevada and flowing generally northward near the Oregon-Idaho border to the Snake River. It’s not clear how long they remained in Caldwell. For a start, these lands could cease to be “public” without becoming the property of anyone now benefiting from them. The river runs through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and then past the communities of Mountain City and Owyhee in the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Though not an outdoor person, when her husband went hunting she “shouldered my rifle and away we went.”. NB:  Because the Sheep Ranch Fort is on private property, permission is required to visit it. Some of this has been corrected by citizen inventories as well as the BLM’s own surveys. With our trailer in tow, we departed Portland the morning of Tuesday, July 9 for Hart Mountain. They failed to return to the rendezvous near the Boise River and were never seen again. In response, A respectful exchange between reasonable people should be possible. But Jordan Valley residents didn’t come from Hill Billy country. My family's connection with the Malheur country extends back many years. The map showed the nearest identifiable place name to be Wickahoney. Hazel was born in Jordan Valley in 1920 in the home of her paternal grandfather, John Henry Danner. In 1984, the United States Congress designated 120 miles (190 km) of the river as Owyhee Wild and Scenic River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 to preserve the river in its free-flowing condition. Google Earth just doesn’t show much, and I had to remind myself that prior to the dam it was probably just a grassy knoll among many others now lying beneath the water. Seeing that I was awake, the cow turned and trotted down the road to catch the rest of the herd. Mike’s family has been in Jordan Valley more than four generations, and there is no one more concerned in preserving the history of the place than he. We arrived on Saturday. Three nights in Donostia and we moved on to Lekeitio, a beautiful fishing port built around a Gothic Basilica de la Asuncion de Santa Maria dating from the 15th century and blessed with some lovely beaches that draw scores of vacationers in the summer. This time, I suspect they did not feel threatened by two young girls who were no taller than they. From Wickahoney we followed a track that surely had not been improved since it last saw a stage coach. Featured Outfitter Northwest Rafting Company (541) 450-9855 is an award-winning group of professional, well-trained guides that … Sofie and Lara Putting Flowers on the Family Graves at Mt Hope Cemetery, “Resources: History, Culture, Geography & Basques”, (As an erstwhile academic, I can appreciate the importance of that.). 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