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Nomenclature Decisions of the United States Geographic Board

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  • 8 DECISIONS OF THE UNITED STATES GEOGRAPHIC BOARD Kephart, and approved by the Nomenclature Committees of the Great Smoky Mountains Park Commissions, of Tennessee and North Carolina. This name, which, like Unaka, is a corruption of " Unega,"* meaning " white," is used in the act of 1789, passed by the Assembly of North Carolina ceding what is now the State of Tennessee to the Federal Government: " . . . Where it is called Unicoy or Unaka Mountain between the Indian towns of Cowee and Old Chota." Upper Priest: lake Bonner County, Idaho, in T. 63 N., R. 4 W., Boise meridian, Kaniksu National Forest, north of Priest Lake. Upper Priest: see Priest, river. V: mountains, about 4 miles long, Archuleta County, Colo., principally in T. 34, R. 1 E., New Mexico meridian, San Juan National Forest. V: peak (V Rock), altitude 10,716 feet, Archuleta County, Colo., south end of V Mountains, sec. 1, T. 33 N., R. 1 E., near lat. 37° 07' N., long. 106° 48' W. Local name is descriptive of rock ledge visible for miles. Valle Seco: a small valley, Archuleta County, Colo., in sees. 5-8, T. 33 N., R. 1 W., New Mexico meridian, draining west to San Juan River, near lat. 37° 07' N., long. 107° W., San Juan National Forest. Valley: see La Valle, creek, Mont. Wayah: gap, Macon County, N. C, located between Siler and Wine Spring balds, at the head of Wayah Creek, near lat. 35° 09' N., long. 83° 35' W., Nantahala National Forest. (Not Nantahala.) The names Nantahala and Wayah date back to Civil War. The latter name is favored in majority local usage as being more distinctive. West Fork, Garihou: see Bugle, creek, Idaho. White Rock: peak, altitude about 5,100s feet, Great Smoky Mountains, on border of Cocke County, Tenn., and Haywood County, N. C, near lat. 35° 45' 30" N., long. 83° 10' W. (Not Sharp Top.) Locally known as both Sharp Top and White Rock. The latter name is chosen because it is descriptive and avoids confusion with another peak in this vicinity called Sharp Top. Winnesoka: peak (Mount Winnesoka) r altitude 4,316 feet, Sevier County, Tenn., near lat. 35° 42' N., long. 83° 27' W. (Not Roundtop.) New name suggested by Nomenclature Committee of the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission^ given to peak formerly known as Round Top to avoid confusion with another more prominent peak in thi» vicinity. Winnesoka believed locally to be a Cherokee Indian word meaning " grapes,' which grow in profusion on this peak. ERRATA Please make corrections in the following decisions: No. 9.—Decisions, rendered June 3,. 1931 On page 1, under Amchitka Pass, line 4, read " Rat " instead of " Fox n Islands. On page 2, under Stream Point, line 4,. change long. 157° 39' W. to long.. 153° 39' W. U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICSs I9»S
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  • Like many rural areas, names of places within the Great Smoky Mountains were sometimes redundant or known by different names in different localities. In the 1930s, the National Park Service appointed a Nomenclature Committee from North Carolina and one from Tennessee to make recommendations to U.S. Geographic Board which decided upon “official” names for peaks, creeks, and roads. Photographer and park advocate, George Masa served on the North Carolina committee. Born Masahara Iizuka and raised in Japan, George Masa (1881-1933) emigrated to the U.S. when he was 20 years old and, in 1915, came to Asheville, where he lived the rest of his life. Masa was active in the Appalachian Trail Club and in the movement to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.