Whorehouse Meadow

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Whorehouse Meadow[1] is a meadow located on the western slope of Steens Mountain southeast of Frenchglen, Oregon, United States. It earned its name in the days of the Old West. Entrepreneuring females from Vale, Oregon, would set up wood and canvas tents in the meadow to provide services to the sheepherders and cattlemen of the area. Many of the sheepherders were Basque American immigrants, and their sometimes explicit carvings can still be found in the bark of aspen trees surrounding the meadow. The name was changed in the 1960s to "Naughty Girl Meadow" on Bureau of Land Management maps, but in 1981 the old name was restored after public outcry.[2] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Mark Monmonier From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How maps name, claim and inflame (University of Chicago Press, 2006).


Coordinates: 42°43′50″N 118°37′49″W / 42.7306°N 118.6304°W / 42.7306; -118.6304