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Borah Peak Name Contreversy

January 5 2003 at 10:16 PM
Dan R.  (no login)


First off, I maintain a web site on hiking and peakbagging in Idaho. Lately, I have received a lot of feedback through that site reasoning that Borah Peak should actually be called Beauty Peak.

The reasons:
  • The person that first ascended the peak (T.M. Bannon) named the peak Beauty.

  • The benchmark atop the peak is named Beauty.

  • USGS topos refer to the highpoint as Beauty (and Borah Peak). Check here.

  • Arguably, Beauty is a better name for the peak.

  • It was named after William E. Borah while he was still alive, which is against USGS naming policy.

    I find these arguments interesting and they actually seem prudent. Not a lot different between this and a few arguments in other states... except it wasn't named after a politician from outside the state (though some in rural Idaho would argue that Boise is its' own state).

    Any thoughts?

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