Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, is seen in 2011. President Barack Obama on Sunday said he's changing the name of this, the tallest mountain in North America, to Denali.
Mount Rainier, a volcano in Washington state, was variously called Mount Tahoma or Mount Tacoma by local tribes. According the Tacoma News-Tribune, the mountain was called Mount Tacoma by non-native locals well into the 20th Century. It was named Mount Rainier by British Capt. George Vancouver, who was exploring the Puget Sound and gave the name in honor of a friend, Peter Rainier. Benjamin BenschneiderSeattle Times / MCT
Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington state, was long known as "Louwala-Clough," or "smoking mountain," by Native Americans. In 1792 Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy, an explorer, named the mountain for a countryman who held the title of Baron St. Helens. In photo, Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18, 1980.
The News Tribune
In November 2014, a spiritual leader of the Lakota Nation requested that Devils Tower, a prominent rock feature in national park of the same name in Wyoming, be renamed to Bear Lodge, the traditional name of the feature among the region's indigenous population. According to a memo prepared by the National Park Service, more than 20 tribes agree with the proposed change and find the term Devils to be offensive when referring to a location considered sacred. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names is actively considering a proposal to rename Devils Tower to Bear Lodge. Jane WooldridgeMcClatchy
Harney Peak, the tallest mountain in South Dakota and part of the Black Hills National Forest, was nearly renamed under a recommendation being considered this summer by the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names. William Harney was a U.S. Army commander who led a campaign in the 1850s against the Plains Indians, including the Sioux. The naming board had considered calling the mountain "Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls)," thought to be a traditional Lakota Sioux name. The naming board reconsidered, though, in the face of some state and local officials' opposition and decided in June to keep the name as Harney Peak. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names is actively considering proposals to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. In this photo, George Roe of Olathe, Kansas, helped build the Harney Peak fire lookout tower in Custer State Park, S.D., when he was a young man. Heather Ballinger
Mount Rushmore was named for Charles Rushmore, a New York attorney who came to South Dakota in 1894, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the Washington Post, it once was named for the earth, sky and four directions by the Lakota Sioux and was known as "the six grandfathers."
Mount Rushmore. Workers use pressure washers to clean around the face of Thomas Jefferson at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in S.D.
The ocean-going vessel Toro, sits in fog and steam on Lake Superior awaiting entry to load grain at the port of Duluth, Minn. Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes, was known by the Ojibwe tribe as gichigami, which means "to be a great sea."
Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes, was known by the Ojibwe tribe as gichigami, which means "to be a great sea." French explorers called it "le lac supérieur," meaning "upper lake," because it was above Lake Huron. Chunks of ice float in the Duluth, Minn., harbor.