WHY IS OUR AREA CALLED “BIG BOTTOM” ???

The area between Packwood and Glenoma  has traditionally been known as “The Big Bottom Country”    This was probably an English adaptation from the Indian.    ‘Pockets of level land surrounded by mountians’ was the Appalachian settler’s discription of a Big Bottom land.

Local Indians, in their own language referred to this area as  Big River Bottom.  When James Longmire and  William Packwood hiked in to the area by way of Skate Creek, they reported it to be  “a big bottom valley”.      The early settlers left out the word ‘river’ and added the word ‘country’  and so it eventually became known as THE BIG BOTTOM COUNTRY.

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