CHRIS CANFIELD AND FOLLOWERS GATHER ON CERRO GORDO WITH A MODEL OF THEIR COMMUNITY. Photo provided/Dana Merryday
There seems to be some doubt as to exactly how the highest butte in these parts got the Spanish name ”Cerro Gordo.” The mountain is clearly visible from Main Street in downtown Cottage Grove. Local historian Dr. Oglesby, in a 1919 Sentinel article, laid the blame of the naming the ”fat hill” at the door of Terrence McMurray.
This settler had the original land grant and homesteaded that area. He had also . . .