McVeigh 's Gauntlet is named for Myles McVeigh, an early pioneer who homesteaded in the Silvies Valley. A drinking buddy of the Craddock brothers and the Hankins boys, he settled on Paiute Creek and upper Camp Creek.

The rumor is, he brought "bad habits" with him when he emigrated from Scotland. These may have influenced his naming of Moonshine Sprinq and his dose friendship with neighbor Charlie Owens, who was known for his highly productive rye field (though there's no record of Charlie ever selling any grain or hay!). McVeigh was also rumored to play a little golf and supposedly had a small course on Paiute Creek (out the back door and next to his homestead) where the 13th green is today. Dan Hixson found evidence of McVeiqh's course when building the Hankins and Craddock courses.

McVeigh was also a musician and had an organ in his cabin. The local legend is, his melodious ballads chased all the rattlesnakes out of Silvies Valley - and there are still none today (but are common outside this Valley).

But Myles McVeigh was best known for throwing down the "gauntlet" with his friends in the valley, taking on all challengers - at least when it came to shots of rye - or just good fun. Please play in that tradition!