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Mail Tribune 100

June 2, 1917


Last Sunday about 6: 30 a.m. a party of 19 including Grizzlies, a few of their friends and two "Mazamas" of Portland, left the Garnett-Corney building on Eads' auto truck and were taken via Talent up Anderson's creek from where they climbed to the top of the Siskiyou peaks for the purpose of naming the mountain "steel" in honor of Mr. William Gladstone Steel of Medford. Mr. Steel is widely known throughout southern and western Oregon for having called the attention of nature lovers to the wonders of the scenery with which these sections are surrounded and for his untiring efforts to secure governmental aid for developing that marvelous wonder — Crater Lake.

After climbing from peak to peak for about four hours the party reached a height which on a geological survey map has an altitude of 5,001 feet, and which is located in the southwest corner of section 1, township 39, range 2 West of Willamette meridian, approximately 8 miles south and two miles west of Medford. On the crest of this peak, their destination, they found a tall towering rock, with a flat slab facing the southwest, here they gathered and melting snow for coffee at their lunch. Then Llewellyn Davies, the Grizzly sculptor, chiseled "Mt. Steel, Grizzlies." Then followed the dedication ceremony at which an address was made by the president of the club Mr. Noren, on "the purpose of the trip," and an address by Mr. Roscoe Johnson, "the Biography of William G. Steel," then the christening act was done by Mrs. E. M. Bunce, who with a few appropriate remarks broke a bottle of Crater Lake water on the highest pinnacle of the rock. Reports of the day's proceedings were signed by those present and these together with the biography of Mr. Steel were sealed in a tin can and laid in one of the sheltered crevices.

The party returned home about 8 p.m. feeling that the day spent with nature, viewing the wonders of the Siskiyou and Coast ranges was well spent.