NORTH SALEM —
"People would go there for picnics and to hike and fish in Big Walnut Creek," Miner said. "This is something I found out and didn't expect."
Stone pillars from the lodge still stand near McCloud Nature Park's entrance. Miner says the lodge itself is still in the vicinity, now remodeled and serving as a private residence. At least one of the cabins is still in the park too.
Miner is still not fully sure how the area came to be known as McCloud.
"I do know there were quite a few McClouds who settled in the area, on both sides of the county line," he said. "Also Davidson had purchased some of the property from a McCloud."
He thinks Davidson might have named the resort McCloud because of a story dating back to 1910 about picnickers meeting a woman there with the last name McCloud. She apparently lived in the cabin near there for many years.
"A lot of this history just isn't readily available," Miner said.
He has found scores of names of people who attended reunions there. Miner also discovered that at least one wedding was conducted there, before the resort started winding down amidst the Great Depression and start of World War II. He's hoping to find someone with photos of the Davidson era that can be displayed at McCloud's anniversary celebration.
"Ultimately, the property was broken up and went through several hands before (the county) acquired it from two couples," Miner said.
Anyone with information and/or photos is asked to call the parks department at 718-6188.