AUGUST 30, 2015


The Koyukon people who inhabit the area around the mountain have referred to the peak as “Denali” for centuries.  In 1896, a gold prospector named it “Mount McKinley” for then-presidential candidate William McKinley.  That name was the official name recognized by the Federal government of the United States from 1917 until 2015.  On August 28, 2015, following the 1975 lead of the State of Alaska, Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, announced the change of the official name of the mountain to “Denali.”  The Obama Administration, two days later, formally announced the designation.  The highest mountain peak in North America, Denali’s summit elevation–20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level–makes it the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.  Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the state, the peak is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.  

Source:  Ohio Congressmen Want "Mount Denali" Changed Back To "Mount McKinley," National Parks Traveler, 2/1/2018.  Retrieved 12/14/2020, Denali National Park ( Wikipedia
Photo:  Denali National Park & Reserve, 6/29/2010.  Public Domain.  

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