Jack Creek Ranch is located in the foothills of the Cascade Range in the Berlin area East of Lebanon and North of Sweet Home. The Berlin area was named after the Burrell family that operated an overnight Inn that was a frequent stop for travelers as they went over the mountain pass. Over the years, the name was shortened to "Burl Inn" and eventually "Berlin" when a post office was established in 1899. The post office was discontinued in 1937.
In 1944, Berlin residents were surprised to learn that there was a project underway to change the names of cities, towns and localities so as to eliminate names that commemorated places and people of nations that the United States had been at war with. The proposed name for Berlin was Distomo for the place in Greece so horribly treated by the Germans. This change in name, to be accompanied by a blast of nationwide radio and other publicity, was said to be in the interest of democracy, but the promoters of the plan were not sufficiently interested in practical democracy to ask the local residents for their views about the business. These local citizens organized a democratic revolt and the scheme was abandoned.