McCredie Springs Resort and sawmill in 1910
|Elevation||2,064 ft (629 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|Area code(s)||458 and 541|
|GNIS feature ID||114953|
McCredie Springs are hot springs and a former resort in Lane County, Oregon, United States. It is located near Oregon Route 58 (OR 58), 10.7 miles (17.2 km) east of Oakridge, and 50.7 miles (81.6 km) east of Eugene, within the Willamette National Forest. It is known for the nearby natural hot springs along Salt Creek.
Frank Warner, a trapper, came upon a series of hot springs along Salt Creek and settled near them in 1878. He lived in the cabin he built there until he was evicted by the newly formed United States Forest Service (USFS) in the early 1900s. In 1911, John Hardin filed a mineral claim on the land, ostensibly because of the salt found there, but he actually wanted to build a resort on the land leased from the USFS. He named the place Winino Springs and opened a hotel in 1914. Judge William Wallace McCredie bought an interest in the springs resort in 1916, and established a training quarters for his Portland baseball club, the Portland Beavers.
A post office named Winino was established near Salt Creek on July 8, 1924. The compiler of Oregon Geographic Names believed the name was of Native American origin, but could not find a definition. The office was closed during the time the Southern Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific) Cascade Line was being built, on December 31, 1925, with mail going to Railhead. The resort came be known as McCredie Springs. McCredie Springs post office operated intermittently from September 14, 1926 until October 2, 1953.
The hotel burned to the ground in 1958 and the Christmas flood of 1964 destroyed the bridge that provided access to the springs. The Forest Service cancelled the lease and razed the remaining buildings. Today, the site remains mostly natural.
The geothermally heated mineral water emerges from the ground at 20 US gallons (76 l) per minute at a temperature of 163 °F (73 °C). The mineral content includes: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, aluminum, silicon dioxide, boron, lithium, bicarbonate, sulfate, chlorine, fluorine.
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- "McCredie Hot Springs". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
- Berry, George W.; Grim, Paul J.; Ikelman, Joy A. (1980). Thermal Springs List for the United States. Boulder, Colorado: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. p. 39.
- Niewendorp, Clark. "Geothermal Information Layer for Oregon: McCredie Hot Springs" (PDF). Oregon Geology. Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
- Historic Images of McCredie Springs from the University of Oregon Libraries
- Historic images of McCredie Springs from the Lane County Historical Society
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