If Yosemite ever mattered to you, you're probably super mad about this whole name change thing. Don't understand why all of your West Coast friends are ranting about the park on Facebook? Here's a quick recap. Last Thursday, The National Park Service announced that its changing the names of five historic attractions because of a legal dispute.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
"For the generations of families and adventurers who've been camping, hiking and skiing in Yosemite National Park, Thursday's announcement was mind-boggling: The National Park Service is changing the names of five famed park attractions, some of them more than a century old, that have drawn millions of visitors. They include Curry Village, an enclave of cabins established by one of the park's earliest concessions operators, and the evocatively named Ahwahnee and Wawona hotels, two historic landmarks that date back to 1927 and 1879, respectively. Even more mind-boggling is the reason for the change: a dispute over the trademarks covering the attractions' names. It turns out that even though the National Park Service owns the hotels, cabins and ski slopes at issue, it has managed to allow someone else to own the trademarks associated with them."
Are these ridiculous name changes actually going to happen? You can find out more here.