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About Yoncalla

According to the Umpqua Heritage Program of the US Forest Service, Yoncalla  is of “uncertain origin, it meant “home of the eagles” and was the name of a butte near present-day Yoncalla that was an eagle nesting area. The Yoncalla Indians, a Kalapooian tribe, were apparently named for this butte. The Yoncalla High School teams are appropriately named “The Yoncalla Eagles.”

The town was named by its most famous postmaster, Jesse Applegate. The three Applegate brothers were personal friends of Abraham Lincoln from their days in school together. (Source: Pioneer History, Douglas County.)

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