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.
The first meeting of the steering committee of a new organization: The Big Bottom Self Reliant Community (BBSRC) was called to order at 2:00 p.m. on February 25th in the Randle Library. Copies of a proposed letter to the community were discussed and edited.
One purpose of this new group would be to compile a list of people with skills or products to buy, sell, trade or barter; also perhaps to investigate the possibility of using an alternative currency in the event a deteriorating economic picture warrants this. Another purpose would be to enable people in the area to get in touch with each other, and create a community feeling of helpfulness and assistance by pooling talents and experiences and sharing ideas for self reliance.
Since one of the members is quite proficient in setting up and maintaining web/blog pages, it was decided to use the web to get in touch and to keep in touch rather than a letter.
Some of links on the blog would be: Gardening tips, emergency preparedness,
history of our area, raising animals, pictures, for sale or barter, and much more.
It was suggested that speakers or guest writers could be invited now and then to inform and entertain.
Time and location of future meetings will be posted on this blog
The public is always invited to attend meetings and encouraged to participate.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00.
Acting Secretary of BBSRC