Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Naming Our Flats: So Much to Capture in Four Little Words

Even though we generated and received many great ideas, we have struggled with naming the flats. Old mine town names felt too lonely; local celebrity names already garner plenty of attention; and names of natural elements don’t quite capture the spirit of the Gorge. In an effort to respect the past while looking toward the future, we asked ourselves, “What makes the New River Gorge such a special place?” While the river and rocks are certainly defining characteristics, we feel that the Gorge is so much more. It’s about communities and connections; historical relevance and strength; the past and the possibilities; AND, of course, the unparalleled natural beauty of a landscape that is and always will be uniquely ours. We feel that the following four names capture this sentiment:

Nuttall
Second Floor-Front
The cliff and canyon walls of the New River Gorge are old and strong. The wearing and weathering of the Nuttall Sandstone has only exposed its beauty and strength, and today, it serves as a siren call to people from across the globe who are yearning for a true climbing experience. The slow and steady aging of the Gorge continues to enhance its dramatic presentation.

Corten
Second Floor-Back
If the mountains are the skeletal structure of the New River Gorge, then the bridge is heart of the circulatory system. Connecting people and communities by spanning the river and railways, the bridge is a source of transportation, celebration, and deep pride. It was built using Corten, a weathering steel that adjusts to the natural elements and stands as strong as our people.

Eddy
Third Floor-Back
The water brings life and the river flows continuously, but every now and then, an eddy is formed. These eddies can be respites, but more importantly they are tools used by guides to safely navigate the river. As the water swirls and the currents pull, just as in life, we must acknowledge the experience and right ourselves for the waters ahead.

Quinnimont
Third Floor-Front
Derived from Latin, this beautiful word means "five mountains." What a powerful, fitting name to describe the Gorge and an appropriate label for one of WV's earliest mining towns. The mountains protect and sustain us, creating a formidable front but exposing a hospitable heart.

1 comment:

  1. Love the names. Very insightful. Love watching you grow.

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