Why Did Yellowstone National Park Rename Mount Doane?

YELLOWSTONE National Park is known as the first national park in the United States.

In June 2022, the park announced it was changing the name of one of its mountain peaks.

Mount Doane is now called First Peoples Mountain


Mount Doane is now called First Peoples MountainCredit: AP

Why Did Yellowstone National Park Rename Mount Doane?

Mount Doane was known as a mountain peak in the Absaroka Range of Yellowstone National Park.

Now the peak is known as First Peoples Mountain to honor the native people.

The mountain was previously named for Gustavus Doane, a US Army cavalry captain, explorer, inventor, and Civil War soldier who played a prominent role in the exploration of Yellowstone.

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Despite his decorated history, he led an attack on local tribes now known as the Marias Massacre that claimed at least 173 Native American lives, according to the National Park Service.

Doane reportedly took pride in the attack and often boasted about it until his death in 1892.

“It’s a win, yes. Will the story be rewritten and truthfully retold? I hope so,” William Snell, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, told NPR.

Snell’s group helped advise federal officials on the name change, which was later approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN) by a 15-0 vote.

The National Park Service notes that the park “may consider changes to other derogatory or inappropriate names in the future.”

How many mountains are there in Yellowstone?

Yellowstone spans 3,500 square miles of wilderness and includes several mountains.

To date, the park has over 40 peaks and at least 70 named mountains over 8,000 feet, according to Yellowstone’s website.

The oldest mountains are on the west side in the Gallatin Range, which is a result of the Sevier orogeny.

“It started west of Yellowstone proper and was generated by thin skin tectonics or faulting,” explained Jefferson Hungerford, Yellowstone park geologist.

“Basically, at a fracture in the earth’s crust, older layers of sedimentary rock were pushed over younger rocks and stacked on top of each other.”

Some of the peaks can be hiked in as little as an hour, while others take six to eight hours to climb.

First Peoples Mountain is 10,551 feet high


First Peoples Mountain is 10,551 feet highPhoto credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Where is Yellowstone?

Yellowstone National Park is mostly in Wyoming.

However, some of it is spreading to parts of Montana and Idaho.

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The park is a popular tourist attraction for those looking to get away from city life.

Yellowstone is just one of 423 national parks in the United States.

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