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Letter: What’s in a name?

Interesting names with little imagination or questionable inspiration. Each successive generation compartmentalizes and loses a sense of community of names, starting with the Native Americans.

Parachute was the original name of the town, but for a while it was Grand Valley; Fort Defiance blessed with Glenwood, Iowa, name — has anyone ever heard of Glenwood, been to Glenwood, does it really exist on the Missouri River? Carbon in the Dale, Red on the Stone, Marble in the Quarry, Crystal in the River, Basalt on the Mountain, Woody in the Creek? Eagle over the River, Gypsum in the Hill, Dot for Sero, one of the railroad monickers, like … Funston or Satank.

Point is, we’ve lost a lot of the culture Indians may have given places. At least Utah hints of this, and so do many places back East. The proliferation of native names is proportional to and reflects the respect Indians had.

Now come on, Parachute, Silt, Gypsum, Rifle, Eagle, Carbondale, Redstone, Marble, Crystal, Basalt, Woody Creek, Dotsero, and yes you, Aspen, get with culture. Well, OK, Aspen does sound better than Ute City.

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction

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