What Does Grand Teton Mean?


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The highest elevation or peak in the Teton mountain range in northwest Wyoming in the United States is called Grand Teton. The name is believed to have either French or Native American roots. In the French it means "large teat". It is believed that either Iroquois or French Canadian members of Donald McKenzie's expedition may have been responsible for this controversial naming. There is however an alternative version that states that the name was derived from the name of a Native American tribe called "Teton Sioux".

Much like breast the "Grand Teton" is comprised of two peaks namely the "Grand" and the "Enclosure". The Grand Teton stands high at four thousand one hundred and ninety seven meters or thirteen thousand seven hundred and seventy feet. The mountain was first ascended in 1989 by a party led by William O. Owen.

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