“The book is scholarly and complete—but it is also a lot of fun. Van Cott includes the folklore, the myth and mystery, the logic and reasoning that have made our map what it is. This is a great book for browsing in, for starting conversations with, for simply enjoying as a window on the past.”
“The first full-length account of Utah’s toponyms, which range from the prosaic to the wonderfully evocative. A worthy addition to western Americana.”
—Western American Literature
“Took me on a dizzying psychotronic journey through Utah geography.”
—The Daily Utah Chronicle
About the Author
John W. Van Cott is former supervisor of General Botany Laboratories in the botany and Range Science Department at Brigham Young University. During World War II he was the Lieutenant of Police on the Manhattan Project at Hanford Richland, Washington and has worked for both the U.S. Forest Service and the now non-existent U.S. Grazing Service. He was a charter member of the Utah State Committee on Geographic Names, and Founding President of the Utah Place Names Society.