Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

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Proud Mary

They should have been more creative with the title in the first place... "Mary's Tit" or "Mary's Highbeam" or "Mary's Nip" or...

After complaints, Wyo. peak loses 'nipple'
By Associated Press, 3/13/03

ALTA, Wyo. -- Pressure from uncomfortable skiers and other tourists has prompted the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort to cover the second half of the name of one of its mountains.

Mary's Nipple is now just Mary's, and signs with the word "nipple" have been covered with tape. New signs were to arrive in about two weeks.

But the covered signs have rankled some local skiers, who feel a bit of their history has been lost.

"If the name changed, it wouldn't be the same," said Mark Franklin of Driggs, Idaho, who has skied the mountain for 26 years without feeling offended. "It's always been Mary's Nipple to me, and probably 99.9 percent of the people around here will agree with me."

The name dates back three decades to a story about a waitress named Mary, who was working at Targhee's Trap Bar and streaked through it and the resort one night. The U.S. Forest Service has never acknowledged it officially.

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