Benton County Courthouse

There’s a sign in front of the Benton County Courthouse that clarifies that the county is currently named for David Benton. But the county wasn’t originally named for David Benton.

There are a lot of examples out there of places being renamed. A dorm at my alma mater used to be called Confederate Hall; now it’s Memorial Hall. I once skied at Squaw Valley Resort in California, now known as Palisades Tahoe. The highest mountain in the United States, once officially known as Mount McKinley, is now Denali.

I know this sort of thing makes some people mad, and I understand that. But I’d like to point out that this has been happening for longer than you might realize.

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