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Recurring places names

Postby balzaccom » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:57 am

It's map season again, as we plan our trips for this summer. And the most time you spend looking at maps, the more the names seem similar. There are at least two Mono Passes, one near Mt Gibbs in Yosemite, the other near Mt. Starr and Mono Rock at the upper end of...yes...Mono Creek. We're planning to visit both this summer.

But there are other names that reappear in many different places. Piute Creek seems to be a popular one, names for the Native American's who people the east side of the Sierra long ago. There are two Slide Canyons in Yosemite alone. And there are more Deer Lakes and Bear Lakes than we can count...and SIlver Lakes?

So that got us to thinking.

What's the most common geographic name in the SIerra, and how many times does it appear? What's your nomination? And where does that name appear?
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby markskor » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:21 am

Kennedy Meadows?
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby paul » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:26 am

There are a bunch of Deer Creeks. And a number of Cold Creeks I think.
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby cmon4day » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:30 am

The place name the immediately came to mind is Helen Lake.
1. Helen Lake near Parker pass
2. Helen Lake near Dorothy Lake Pass
3. Helen Lake on the Avalanche Gulch route up Mt Shasta.
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:38 am

Twin Lakes.
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby oldranger » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:46 am

Lost Lake?

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Re: Recurring places names

Postby Rockchucker » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Birch creek, McGee creek, sage hen, ash creek, marble canyon, so many repeat names!
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby Vaca Russ » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:43 pm

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Re: Recurring places names

Postby dave54 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:45 pm

cmon4day wrote:The place name the immediately came to mind is Helen Lake.
1. Helen Lake near Parker pass
2. Helen Lake near Dorothy Lake Pass
3. Helen Lake on the Avalanche Gulch route up Mt Shasta.


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Re: Recurring places names

Postby dave54 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:49 pm

Three Blue Lakes in the Lassen area.

You can stand on one Black Butte in Tehama County and see two others.
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby LMBSGV » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:26 pm

A quick perusal of the obvious source, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, says Bear. However, since Deer, Cold, and Lost aren't in there except for a couple of times and not for places I'm familiar with, tells me maybe Peter Browning stuck with the ones that had a story he was able to track down. While I suspect Bear is right (especially if you count all the Big Bear, Little Bear, etc), the others can't be ruled out. Frankly, unless someone is bored enough and has a lot of free time to get out all the maps, peruse them, and count the names, I don't think we'll ever know. Unless, of course, someone has already done exactly that on another website.
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Re: Recurring places names

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:25 am

I've heard that the word "squaw" is very common as a placename, perhaps not just in the Sierra, but all over California, much to the chagrin of some folks.
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