TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF
THE GRAND CANYON
PLACE NAMES TEST
This is a test on the naming of various places in the Grand Canyon. It
is educational and fun, but can be challenging. The objective
is to answer seven questions correctly.
1. According to the story, this person
shot a badger along the banks of a creek. He took the badger to another creek and put it on the fire to
boil. In the morning, instead of stew, the alkali in the water and the fat from
the badger resulted in a kettle of soap, hence the two creeks became known as
Badger and Soap Creeks. Who was this Mormon
John K. Hiller
John Doyle Lee
2. What is this Grand Canyon feature named by Emery Kolb because he believed
the ash pits there contained human remains?
Dead Horse Mesa
3. This nearly tropical area with ferns and orchids has this name because of
the many travertine formations there which must have been mined by these
4. This popular camping spot used to be known as Angel Terrace.
5. The magnificent sandstone arch below Point Imperial known as Kolb Arch,
Kolb Bridge, or Kolb Natural Bridge was named for Emery Kolb in 1953 by this
Grand Canyon NP Superintendent
Governor J. Howard Pyle
Dwight D. Eisenhower
6. Pipe Creek, between the South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail, got its
name because this person left a meerschaum pipe on the trail with a fake date
carved in it as a joke.
7. What is the name of the place where three people left John Wesley Powell's
original expedition of the Grand Canyon and were later killed by Indians?
8. What is the name of the place near Deer Creek
discovered by accident by E. O. Beaman, photographer on Powell's second
expedition, hence its name? [Editor's note - for some unknown reason, the
U.S. Geological Survey moved this map location around 1960 to its current inaccurate
location between Deer Creek and Thunder River].
9. Which falls are named for this prospector who fell to his death here in
10. What is the point on the South Rim named for one of the greatest
landscape painters of the American West who spent nearly every winter at the
South Rim of the Grand Canyon from 1899 to 1920?
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