The Molala were the original inhabitants of this area before the pioneers migrated to these parts.  Here, you will find some stories, of varying degree of accuracy and historical truth, as told by people who knew, or thought they new, the Molalas.  As the Molala apparently did not develop a writing or documentation system, we have a clear case of history being written by those who did.


Current belief is that the name Molalla (or Molala) was based from the word they used to call the local huckleberries.


For more information on Oregon tribes, check out this worldpress website.

And here for the Oregon Encllopedia.

The last Molala Chief, Henry Yelkus.  This photo was taken on, or pretty near, to his death in 1913 during the celebration of the first train coming to town.

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