b'immigrants were unwilling to worknorthern edge of area, began to grow hard to improve their lives in a newand was a center for the logging country, but they were not beingindustry in the 1890s. The logging offered the opportunity, Hoganof native short-leaf pine during that observed. By spring of 1859, Hoganera brought short-term prosperity had purchased 320 government and long-term land management acres at 12.5 cents per acre, and fam- difficulties.ilies went to work making the best ofTerrain that was challenging to a horrible situation in the loominglive on became impossible after shadow of the Civil War. logging companies emptied the hills Their secluded community wasof trees and moved on; wildlife that sheltered somewhat from large-scalewas hunted for food no longer had a wartime destruction, and Hogan washabitat, soil eroded and attempts to confident they would remain able tograze livestock through the winter continue their progress, Wihebrinkon the native grass that grew there observed. resulted in starved cattle and sheep, That did not turn out to be theunless they were also fed hay.case. In the 1930s, land rehabilitation The terrain was too rough forbegan with the efforts of Depression-battle, but it was unfortunately anera government programs under ideal hiding place for bushwhackers,the U.S. Forest Service and Civilian raiders, thieves and fugitives. Conservation Corps, with the added After the Civil War, the Irishbenefit of providing employment to simply disappeared from their wil- farm families suffering during the derness without any clear indicationGreat Depression.of where they went. Some were likelyToday, the area is owned by the murdered, others fled back to urbanNational Park Service and managed areas or were assimilated into nearbyby the U.S. Forest Service, and best rural communities and became theknown to hikers and campers.ancestors of many Ozarks familiesThe Irish Wilderness lies within still living in the area today. the Mark Twain National Forest Hogan himself eventually becamein northeastern Oregon County, Bishop of the Kansas City Diocese,and within 50 miles of other mills, but left no record of the fate of hissprings, rivers and trails within the community, Wihebrink notes. Mark Twain National Forest and The land was sold to collect backOzark National Scenic Riverways, taxes in 1879, and the village ofand the legacy of the Irish lives on in Wilderness, still on the map on theits name.www.OzarksMag.com Spring 2021 | Ozarks Magazine | 45'