Tuesday, September 01, 2015

North America's Tallest Mountain Has A New (Old) Name


This week President Obama announced that he would be issuing an executive order to change the name of North America's tallest mountain. 

In 1917 the 20,237 foot peak (called Denali by indigenous Athabascan people) was federally recognized as Mt. McKinley in honor of assassinated President McKinley. After decades of controversy over the name and repeated attempts by the state of Alaska to rename the peak against fervent opposition from Ohio (McKinley's home state) the matter was finally decided this week.  

Read more about it here.


Kathryn said...

Several of you have been to Denali. How about those who have been on our trip? Any tales to tell? http://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/project/201522/Denali+National+Park.html

Caroline Williams said...

Kudos to Obama for finally putting the federal stamp on the correct name (and one that Alaska has used for years)!

I have not yet been, but hopefully one of these summers I'll have the opportunity to help out on a Denali trip.