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Posts that Mention the Name Badlands

Road Trip Roundup: Badlands

Badlands National Park was my favorite part of our road trip.

Badlands National Park

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.

But I searched anyway, and — surprise, surprise! — I discovered a person named Badlands: Badlands Justice Rush McNally. He was born in Dallas, Texas, in late 1991. Here’s his Facebook page, even.

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.”

[What’s this road trip all about?]

Names Spotted on Road Trip thru Wild West

I recently got back from a 2-week road trip through South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming:

Nancy's 2012 Roadtrip

(We set off on this one just two days after getting back from Toronto. Why? Insanity, I suppose.)

I spotted a bunch of interesting names on this trip, but instead of one massive post, I thought I’d break it all up into a series of smaller posts.

Here are some of the names I’ll be talking about:





I’ll come back and add links as the posts are published. Hope you enjoy!