Place Names

In OUTDOORS we are pleased to add a new short article on Western Place Names. We briefly discuss Wallace Stegner’s biography of Major John Wesley Powell, explorer of the Colorado, Grand Canyon and the West. We link this to the naming of places in the area, and discover that at least some of the place names in those early Colorado Plateau expeditions managed to migrate to the Sierras of southern California.

And this, in turn, partially answers questions and musings about the colorful names in the area that I formed when hiking the Kings Canyon area in 1972.

Note, 10/11/2007: At post time we hadn’t yet read Names On The Land, by George R. Stewart. Look for a review in Writing Notes later this year.

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