Badlands National Park was my favorite part of our road trip.
I didn’t think I’d be able to tie it into this series, though. We drove, we camped, we hiked, we took photos…but we didn’t learn any new names.
And no one’s ever been named “Badlands,” obviously.
I’m very curious to know the story behind his name, and whether or not he likes it.
How did the park itself come to be called “badlands”? From the National Park Service:
The Lakota people were the first to call this place “mako sica” or “land bad.” Extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the exposed rugged terrain led to this name. In the early 1900’s, French-Canadian fur trappers called it “les mauvais terres pour traverse,” or “bad lands to travel through.”
The 1928 bill originally proposing the region be turned into a park actually suggested it be called “Teton National Park,” so as to avoid the negative-sounding word “badlands.”
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