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Rock Climbing Photo: BLM signage at trailhead/parking area.
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By applewood
From: Tonasket, WA
Mar 17, 2016
This is posted to show what the BLM attempted to display. It lasted a month or two before it was shot up by someone with a .12 gauge…
By Jon Nelson
Administrator
From: Bellingham, WA
Mar 17, 2016
Why is the spelling of the canyon name different? Does MP have the standard spelling?
By applewood
From: Tonasket, WA
Mar 17, 2016
Good question! I think the BLM made a mistake, or perhaps we should just say not everyone is on the same page… "O" is an alternative spelling to "A" in Irish/Scottish names and it's spelled both ways around here, but more often with an "A". Interestingly enough the local historical society spells it "O," but the county maps and street signs say, "A."

The name apparently comes from the 1858 incident of an Indian ambush of a group of BC bound miners in the Main Canyon. As the following quote shows both versions of the name were present in the mining party's leadership! (In looking at all this evidence I'd say the BLM and Historic Society's spelling is correct since it was a McLoughlin who was first shot at… I'll bring it up with the county Commissioners and see what they say…)

This is from a historylink.org article,

"…Some 160 men collected at Fort Walla Walla in July 1858 and organized themselves into four companies under the leadership of David McLoughlin, son of the longtime Hudson's Bay Company factor at Fort Vancouver.

The Columbia Chief Moses organized Chelans and Okanogans to attack the party to avenge the death of Quil-tin-e-nock, a popular Yakama leader. Quil-tin-e-nock was killed in a raid on other miners.

The party headed north and James McLaughlin replaced David McLoughlin as the leader. At Fort Okanogan they started up the east side of the Okanogan River along one of the many paths that made up the Cariboo Trail to the gold fields. At what would become known as McLoughlin Canyon, sheer rocks require travelers to proceed up a narrow defile away from the river. David McLoughlin was at the head of an advance party when he noticed some trees with dead leaves and stopped. At that point an Indian fired a musket, which struck McLoughlin's horse in the neck, killing the animal.The Indians began firing from behind trees felled as part of the ambush plan. Three men from California were killed immediately and as many as nine others were wounded…"
By applewood
From: Tonasket, WA
May 4, 2016
Jon as a result of your question I've been talking with some history society folks who think that the County probably has the spelling wrong and the history society has it right. So I'm gonna go ahead and change the MP page.
By Jon Nelson
Administrator
From: Bellingham, WA
May 4, 2016
Thanks James for the interesting history.

It is easy to see how confusion can arise, given that both spellings refer to different famous people of the same time, area, and occupation.
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BLM signage at trailhead/parking area.

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