Geography Archive

74 – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln—It’s easy to understand where these town and city names originated. Or is it? With about forty-two towns or cities in the United States

71 – TRADITION OR ?

Arco, Idaho, has a unique cliff with numbers painted on it. It began with a very small 20 painted by members of the 1920 graduating class

69 – LOTS OF LAVA

Volcanic activity on the Idaho plains has existed for about 15,000 years, and two thousand years ago a series of volcanoes known as the Great Rift

68 – CROSSING THE TETONS

We had no idea we were getting into dangerous territory after we left Jackson until we saw a sign reading “No Trucks Over 60,000 Pounds Allowed.”

67 – THE TETONS

  Due to congressional and public opposition Grand Teton experienced a long battle to becoming a national park. The Tetons first received government protection in 1897,

62 – GEYSERS AND HOT SPRINGS

The question arises: What causes a geyser to be a geyser? Actually, it’s a hot spring with kinks in it that make it take a different

61 – ON THE WAY TO YELLOWSTONE

Tourist season was upon us and RV accommodations in Yellowstone were really at a premium. Obviously we’d made no arrangements ahead of time, since we had

55 – DEVIL’S TOWER

There are several versions of the Kiowa legend about the creation of this formation, but the essence is that seven sisters were at play near the

53 – SPEARFISH CANYON AND DEADWOOD

Deadwood, with its place in history as a Dakota Territory gold rush town, boasting residents such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, was an area

51- BACK TO LONG AGO

Before the arrival of European settlers Native Americans knew the Black Hills as a winter sanctuary away from the blizzards of the Northern Plains. The area