With Alaska’s Mt. McKinley being renamed its traditional name, Denali, we take up the idea of renaming Mt. Hood. The mountain was named in the late 1700s for Lord Admiral Samuel Hood, by an early explorer. Hood never saw the mountain, just as McKinley never saw the peak named for him. Should it be renamed Wy’east, thought to be a Native American name for the mountain? Where exactly does Wy’east originate from?
- Jon Bell: Author of On Mt. Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak
- Judy BlueHorse-Skelton: Senior instructor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University
Editor’s note: Special thanks to Lewis L. McArthur, author of “Oregon Geographic Names”