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Bald Hills

The tour continues across a broad benchland, bordered on either side by the Bald Hills, favorite haunt in the 1920s of moonshiners before the repeal of the Volstead Law (National Prohibition Act). Occasionally the Nisqually River is seen curling along the base of logged-off and burned foothills. Lonely farms, dropped in small cleared areas among blackened stumps, struggle for existence.

Tobaton Creek rises west of Clear Lake and flows through this area. Tobaton was apparently a dinosaur-like creature in Indian folklore who was killed and its hide spread out to dry by a long ago medicine man on the nearby hills, thus making the Bald Hills.