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Push On To Rename Utah’s ‘Negro Bill Canyon’

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File photo of a southern Utah canyon. (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a southern Utah canyon. (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Moab man is leading a renewed charge to rename a Southern Utah canyon still bearing a moniker that some feel is inappropriate — “Negro Bill Canyon.”

Louis Williams has posted an online petition that has drawn more than 600 signatures. He plans to submit a formal application to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to have the canyon name changed.

He wants it to bear the last name of the black cowboy who ran cattle there in the 1870s, William Granstaff. The canyon name has already been changed once in the 1960s to “Negro Bill Canyon” from a more objectionable name that featured a derogatory word.

Even though efforts to get rid of “negro” in the name failed in the late 1990s and 2000s, Williams said the time is now to make the switch.

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