= THE DOUBLE-CONE QUARTERLY =
A WINDOW TO THE WILD
Summer Solstice 1998 || Volume I, Number 1


PLACENAMES OF THE WILDERNESS
NUMBER 1 IN A SERIES

LAUNTZ CREEK CAMP
By Gordon Johnson


Named for the early homesteaders, Frank and Matilda Launtz. Frank Ray Launtz, a carpenter from Ohio, and his wife Matilda, each received homestead patents in 1892, for 160 and 163.33 acres respectively.

What appears to be the remains of the foundation of Frank's cabin can be found on a small flat on the south bank of Launtz Creek, a short distance above Launtz Creek Camp. The construction of a cabin was required to receive a homestead patent and one can only guess as to the location of Matilda's.

Frank died on his property in the 1890's. Joe Kobus, a retired Ranger, reports that his death occurred on Launtz Creek as a result of a fall from the cliff and waterfall located just above it's confluence with the South Fork of the Little Sur River. Kobus also relates that Launtz's body was buried on the ridge above the creek.

Launtz Creek, Launtz Ridge, and Launtz Peak are other nearby features that also bear the Launtz name.


Sources include:

Monterey County Place Names, 1991, Donald Thomas Clark, Kestrel Press
Joe Kobus, personal communication
Land Status Book, 1934, Santa Barbara National Forest, Monterey Division

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