How ArchesNP Got Its Name

The first humans – hunter gatherers – migrated into an area near Moab, Utah 10,000 years ago. That was at the end of the last ice age. They were freezing cold.

In order to keep warm, shivering archaic native Americans scrawled petroglyphs into rocks at what is now Wolfe Ranch. No names, though. They scrawled the design of a cold fusion reactor into the formations, but the soft sandstone crumbled away and it was lost. Dang!

Native American Indian farmers, Fremonts, came along later.

However, farming was to hard so they left it nameless, too, and moved across the continent to Manhattan Island to wait a few centuries for easy-money Wall Street to be invented.

Fast forward to 1911… 18-year old Loren “Bish” Taylor took over the Moab newspaper.

To sell more papers, Bish bragged up the area on top of the high ridge just north of town. For many years, he and local medical professional John “Doc” Williams teamed up to push the idea of making it a national park. But they couldn’t think of a name for it.

Finally, on April 12th, 1929 President Herbert Hoover was about to sign a proclamation making it a park, but he couldn’t because they were still scratching their heads figuring out a name.

About that time, two ‘ol cowpokes rode by on their horses, punchin’ doggies.

One says ta the other, “Wilbur, there sure is a dern heckofalotta arches ’round these parts!”

The rest is history. It has been known as Arches National Park ever since.

Yup, that thar is a true story strait out of the Old West! 😉 😉

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2 Responses to How ArchesNP Got Its Name

  1. Jayde-Ashe says:

    They are absolutely beautiful! Great story as to how they got their name, although it is a bit of a shame they didn’t come up with something more descriptive/original! Although simple is often best I suppose 🙂

    • azleader says:

      Thanks for the compliments. Pretty much all the stories from the Old West have been embellished to some degree, bending truth to romanticize the stories in the western 10-cent novels of the day.

      I, of course, am not saying that happened here… just sayin’ it happens. 🙂

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