Utah’s ‘Negro Bill Canyon’ renamed after years of debate

FILE – This undated file photo shows a sign at the entrance of the Negro Bill Canyon Trailhead in Moab, Utah. After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted unanimously to rename Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. (John Hollenhorst /The Deseret News via AP, File)


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