By Maynard C. Drawson
Exploring out-of-the-way places, especially if the scene is bypassed by others, has always been fascinating to me. Some years ago we stumbled onto a delightful, secluded pocket of wilderness somehow missed by official record-keepers, surveyors, and mapmakers. This discovery has led me into a full round of adventures with people responsible for geographic names. Perhaps my experiences trying to place names on this lost world will be of interest to the reader.
The somewhat startling discovery was a series of small waterfalls in a niche of the lower Cascade Mountains in the Little North Fork Country of Marion County. It all began while I was engaged in research on Henline Falls, a beautiful 90 foot waterfall on Henline Creek. This particular falls was well-known years ago
|but is now by-passed by the public seeking recreation areas farther up the clear waters of the Little North Fork River. However, Henline Falls and the half-hidden abandoned mine shaft beneath its failing waters, is still a remarkable scenic spot to visit. Desiring a picture other than the customary full frontal view of the cascading waters, I decided to climb above Henline Falls. This entailed some strenuous "brush-busting" before my companion, Jerry Morey, and I reached the upper heights from which the creek spewed into the narrow gorge below. The scene from above was well worth the effort. We found the sheer 70 foot drop of the falls to have another 20 feet of height not discernible from below. In scouting about for proper angles to photograph we noticed the area wild and pristine, surprisingly free of signs of man, or litter of any kind.|
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Copyright 1973 Maynard C. Drawson Reformated and reprinted on the web in 2003 with permission from Maynard Drawson