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Humbug Mountain

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Bench at the summit of Humbug Mountain (bobcat)


There are no unobstructed views from the summit of Humbug Mountain, but you can make out the curve of the southern coastline through the trees that have grown up. There's a bench here for you to meditate upon.

Humbug Mountain was originally known to settlers as Sugarloaf Mountain but gained the nickname “Tichenor’s Humbug” in the early 1850s. Captain William Tichenor of the steamship Sea Gull was the founder of Port Orford, the first Euro-American trading post on the southern Oregon coast, and he sent out exploratory parties from that settlement into Rogue River country in search of gold. One of these parties was instructed to climb the brushy slopes of the mountain to gain views of the gold producing area, but there were no views inland from the summit.

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