History

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For such a small speck on the map, Mith-Ih-Kwuh Valley is teeming with history. Some of these events are known facts, while others have blended into the questionable realm of legend. But even legends grow from a seed of truth.

The Miluk

The Founding of Mythic Wood

When Oregon Trail settlers "discovered" Mith-Ih-Kwuh in the Great Migration of 1843, they immediately recognized its potential. The protection of the surrounding hills, the fertile land, the freshwater river, a quiet, coastal cove, all could provide for a flourishing community. There was just one problem; a community already existed there.

The Miluk Indians were wary of these interlopers. They had heard plenty of stories about the white devils and their intolerant ways and empty promises. Still, these were the first settlers they had met, and the Miluk's medicine man, Hopping Crow, was as curious as he was wise.

It is largely thanks to the diplomacy of Hopping Crow and Horace Walker, one of the leaders of the settles' wagon train, that first contact was peaceful. Using Horace's hired Siuslaw guide as a translator, the two men were able to come to a mutually beneficial arrangement. The settlers were allowed to build homes in the southern portion of the valley, while the Miluk remains in the north. Though there were doubters on both sides, and even some clashes over the years, the two communities managed to form a symbiotic union.

The original settlement, then known simply as Mith-Ih-Kwuh, was little more than a dozen or so homes. Horace Walker and his family had the largest house at the time, and thanks to his negotiations, had enough land to establish the beginnings of a ranch. The valley provided for nearly all of their needs: fishing in the river and ocean, hunting in the woods, trade with the Miluk. It was a simple time, but short-lived.

The Rocklins Arrive

In 1847, another batch of settlers found their way into Mith-Ih-Kwuh, and they would change it forever.

A year prior, one of the settlers of the valley had returned to the east coast to fetch his fiancee, now that he had a home to provide her. While bragging in a bar about the beautiful valley, he was overheard by the eldest son of Clancy Rocklin, a businessman who dreamed of carving out his future in the west. When his son told him what he'd heard, Clancy believed it was a sign that his time had come. He purchased wagons, hired guides, and loaded up his family to find his destiny.

When the Rocklins arrives in Mith-Ih-Kwuh, they were initially welcomed, but that soon changed. According to documents in Clancy's possession, the Rocklins were the legal owners of a considerable portion of the land in the valley. This led to a number of disputes, and the Walker family sent for a land assessor and a judge to come clear things up. In the end, the law sided with the Rocklins on all accounts except two. The judge declared that the initial contract between Horace Walker and the Miluk predated the Rocklins' deeds, and therefore the Miluk and Walker lands were to be considered legal claims. However, since that agreement had no specific provisions for the rest of the land, it was considered the holding of Clancy Rocklin. Horace Walker was less than pleased, despite having his own land saved, and this would prove to be just the first of a great many incidents in the Rocklin-Walker Feud.

Clancy promised to be a fair and reasonable landlord of Mythic Wood (a name that began as a misunderstand of the word "Mith-Ih-Kwuh", but Clancy liked it so much that he made sure it was referred to that way on every official document). But he would not win over the hearts until two years later, when he finished construction of a lumber mill that provided good paying jobs to nearly everyone in the village, and brought in more workers who then settled there. Despite the shifty beginning, the Rocklins were responsible for transforming a sleepy little village into a flourishing town.

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