YMCA: A Fire and a Mountain
We’ve had several questions about why the YMCA Fire is so named. That’s an easy question to answer. Fires are often named for the topographical feature on which they started, and the YMCA Fire was started by a lightning strike on YMCA Mountain four miles west of Canon City on July 8.
A much harder question is why the mountain is named YMCA. According to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, the mountain was likely named many years ago for the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), who found the site a popular destination for hiking and mountain climbing. The mountain was renamed in 1943 to Land’s Peak in honor of prominent local citizen Emory S. Land. But that name didn’t stick, and the name eventually reverted back to YMCA. For a full account of the story, you can read about it in the Museum blog at https://museum.canoncity.org/?p=808.
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