I found it interesting to learn how the strange name of Dixie Butte came to be. The area was named by Civil War rebels who came to eastern Oregon in 1865. Here they established gold mining claims along Dixie Creek, just north of the present day town of Prairie City. I found a link that has this information:
Also, this book has some additional information about the Dixie Butte Trail (and others in the area):
Thanks for adding this page, Dixie Butte is a neat place. Vinegar Hill is another one deserving a SP page.
for the compliment. The mountains ringing the John Day Valley have always been my favorites, I hope to add more to the site as I get time and some of the snowpack melts off them allowing me access.
I was going to attempt a Vinegar Hill / Indian Rock trek during spring break, but my Dixie trip was somewhat of an eye-opener as to just how cold it is at 7500 feet this time of year.
Thanks to everyone who has voted for my page, especially Dean and Brian who's Oregon mountain pages have been an inspiration for me, not just in building a page but inspiring me to see mountains that I wasn't even aware of. This truly is the greatest website on the net.