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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2016, 19:14 
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South Dakota has the highest elevation in the CONUS east of the Rocky Mountains and today it got renamed!! Now, from what I know of Black Elk (I thought he was still alive when I was a kid but I guess not) he was a pretty interesting guy (probably more so than Gen. Harney) and a pretty humble guy as well who might be embarrassed with a little mountain named after him. There is already a federal Wilderness Area named after him there so maybe its cool but still it smacks a bit of "we-know-better-than-you" with a dozen folks sitting around in metro DC and making a decision.

I know someone close to the situation and asked that person how many other candidates for name changes they have lined up. The reply was not a lot, and it takes someone proposing a name change and the reason for it to get heard but Devil's Tower in WY is on the short list for the next hit so Harney Peak won't be the last.

So if you don't like a place name near you and want it changed, figure out a grievance and fill out the paper work and maybe you too can get it changed!! But I suspect that certain squeaky wheels get more ear time than others... :shock:

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2 ... /88576404/

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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2016, 02:41 
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Have heard of other changes made to long established names for various geographical landmarks. Most were considered to not be politically correct and I am sure there are many more.
A few are:
(Please excuse my language, I'm an idiot) Lane - a road in Virginia. A man lived there and had raised mules and burros. The modern folks thought the name offensive to their sensibilities.
Blackie Creek - a creek in Oregon. A man of color, and former slave, had homesteaded on the drainage.
Squaw Creek - another creek in Oregon. No explanation needed.
Nellie's Nipple - a prominent peak, I believe, in Nevada. This was named after a fallen angel, by the miners in the area.


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If anyone ever happens to be traveling I-68 in Garrett County Maryland You'll run across Negro Mountain.
Negro Mountain is a 30-mile long ridge of the Allegheny Mountains extending from Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, north to the Casselman River in Pennsylvania.

Of course, there is a push from lawmakers to change this.........

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/2 ... 38052.html

http://www.baltimoreorless.com/2011/02/ ... n-history/

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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2016, 08:22 
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If anyone ever happens to be traveling I-68 in Garrett County Maryland You'll run across Negro Mountain.
Negro Mountain is a 30-mile long ridge of the Allegheny Mountains extending from Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, north to the Casselman River in Pennsylvania.

Of course, there is a push from lawmakers to change this.........

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/2 ... 38052.html

http://www.baltimoreorless.com/2011/02/ ... n-history/


Good read, never heard of NEGRO MOUNTAIN, reckon some PC lawmaker will want to change the name of the BLACK HILLS next! Down here we had a JAP ROAD and a few years back the PC Team was able to get the liberal voting block to change the name. :evil:

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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2016, 09:31 
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The bunny huggers wanted to rename the Beaverkill River, in New York state. Poor folks are traumatized by the name


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I got a highway 15 miles from my house named "Obama highway"..first road ever named for him in the U.S.A... guess cause he was from ILL.i want to rename it.."Worst President Ever Road... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :--D

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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2016, 22:59 
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Yeah, there's lot of examples like that, don't know how many have been white-washed (pc sanitized ). South Dakota used to have "Squaw Humper" and "Little Squaw Humper" tables out west. In Montana, there was "Bloody Dick Creek". I think anything with "Squaw" in it has been replace. H***, they even renamed a fish, no longer is the big carp like thing called the "Colorado Squaw Fish", now its the "Colorado pikeminnow"--sounds more noble, eh...??

I used to have an "off-color" geography professor who used to get so pi**ed at all of these efforts. I think all of the sanitizing makes us lose part of our history, especially locations that tend to be remote. Sometimes a people needs to know about its past, warts and all...

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Does this mean we can no longer be up a famous creek without a paddle?


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You mean the Obama sign isn't full of holes yet? wth?
Was surprised to hear the Dakotas have the hightest peak east of the rockies. I hear Pa. has what is refered to as the Pa Grand canyon or something like that but I guess that goes down rather than up.
Musselshell River use to have a small creek that drained into it called Squaw Creek. Now it's Sacajewea Creek.
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The columbia river gorge has a large large rock protruding from the ground that people rock climb on that is now called ROOSTER ROCK. Guess what it use to be named.

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