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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

Cerro Gordo – Vision & Reality


November 22, 2018

Photo provided/Dana Merryday

Chris Canfield and followers gather on Cerro Gordo with a model of their community.

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 fought in the 1847 Mexican-American War and the mountain reminded him of the same named site of one of that war's most decisive battles, Cerro Gordo. Other names associated with the mountai...

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