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From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame

Mark Monmonier


Brassiere Hills, Alaska. Mollys Nipple, Utah. Outhouse Draw, Nevada. In the early twentieth century, it was common for towns and geographical features to have salacious, bawdy, and even derogatory names. In the age before political correctness, mapmakers readily accepted any local preference for place names, prizing accurate representation over standards of decorum. Thus, summits such as Squaw Tit—which towered above valleys in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California—found their way into the cartographic annals. Later, when sanctions prohibited local use of racially, ethnically, and scatal ... More

Keywords: cartography, towns, offensive names, computerization, standardization, public concerns, politics, political correctness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226534657
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226534640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Monmonier, author