Malheur Butte

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Legend has it that Malheur Butte, a dead volcano, was a place where witches met in secret. Diminutive shadowy creatures are said to appear here after dark and chase visitors. The imps are about the size of a dog and may make strange noises.

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Off Butte Dr
Ontario, OR
United States

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44.010679532974656, -117.08526335952456
Malheur County, Oregon
Nearest Towns:
Ontario, OR (6.2 mi.)
Vale, OR (7.9 mi.)
Fruitland, ID (8.4 mi.)
Payette, ID (8.9 mi.)
Nyssa, OR (10.3 mi.)
New Plymouth, ID (13.5 mi.)
Annex, OR (16.6 mi.)
Parma, ID (17.1 mi.)
Weiser, ID (17.6 mi.)
Adrian, OR (18.7 mi.)

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  1. In early October 2010 climbed “The Butte” while working in Onatrio, OR. Purposely reached top at Midnight on beautiful, cloudless night to see imps. Kind of a tough, rugged climb with flashlights, dodging holes (praire dogs/snakes?) at that time of night, but got there nonetheless. I have been all over Pacific NW in mountains at night. The Butte provided me with the most spectacular night sky I have ever seen, but no imps. Compared to BIG mountains out West, this place is a mole hill. But beautiful area in “high desert” of Oregon. Kind of hard to find in middle of many onion fields but worth the trip and adventure.

  2. I live in Vale and was taking Railroad Ave. home late one night. I had my windows down because it was warm and clear and just a nice night. I wasn’t overly tired or anything, and while I was driving I thought I kept hearing these really weird noises like coyotes or something on the left side of the road. Just before Lee road I saw what I thought was a large black dog on the side of the street and started to slow down so I wouldn’t hit it, but it turned and rushed the car and the thing was huge, monstrous not a dog. or a bear or anything. It was just this black thing that had no eyes, these really long thing arms and legs and a bulbous head. It moved really fast and just as it was about to hit the car I swerved and almost went into the ditch and I expected to feel that I hit something solid but I didn’t and it was gone. I didn’t get out to check for a body, I was too scared and shaking. I have too to terrified to drive down that road even during the day.

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