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Oldtimers named creek for salt licks

Since you asked

Where is Lick Creek, and how did it get its name?

' Mary W., Medford.

Lick Creek empties into Little Butte Creek near Brownsboro, Mary.

Margaret Pool, whose family settled there in pioneer days, told Oregon Geographic Names authors Lewis A. and Lewis L. McArthur that the creek was named by old-timers for the salt licks along its banks.

Brownsboro was established in 1853 and named after Henry R. Brown, who owned the land. A post office arrived in February 1873 with the name spelled as Brownsborough. The name was shortened in 1892 and the post office remained in operation until 1954, but that's probably more than you wanted to know about Brownsboro.

There's one other Lick Creek in Oregon ' it's in Wallowa County, where it flows into Little Sheep Creek. According to the McArthurs, this Lick also earned its name from the alkali and salt licks that attracted elk and deer.

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