What was Yellowstone national park named for?



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    While it is often though that Yellowstone was named for the yellow colored rhyolite lavas in the Grand Canyon of the park, that is not the case. The naming of Yellowstone goes back to the early 1800’s Native Americans. The name refers to the yellow sands along the banks of the Yellowstone river in eastern Montana. While the river is several hundred miles downstream, the name stuck and has been that way since.

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