Mt McKinley Is Getting A Name Change

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If you have spent time in Alaska you’re probably aware of the debate over Mt McKinley’s name. Natives called it Denali, meaning “the great one,” but in 1917 it was named Mt McKinley after the president. Reasons why will vary based on the source, but on several tours the common explanation was gold miners in the 1890’s trying to curry favor for the gold standard.

Apparently many Alaskans have finally gotten their wish (and the and the name will again serve a political purpose) Obama has trumped Ohio politicians who blocked the move in Congress, and the mountain will now officially be called Denali.

Regardless of the name, if you get the chance to do a flight-seeing tour of McKinley/Denali, particularly with a glacier landing on the mountain, do it!

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