Denali or McKinley?
The Athabaskan people called this mountain Denali, meaning the “high one.” A prospector/reporter by the name of William Dickey, however, chose to name the mountain after presidential candidate William McKinley. His use of the name in an article published in the New York Sun in 1897 linked the name and the peak, and remains its official name today.
In 1917, Congress passed a bill establishing Mount McKinley National Park as a game refuge. Early park advocate Charles Sheldon wanted the name of his proposed national park to be Denali National Park to honor the Athabaskan name for the mountain. The original park was almost 1.6 million acres in size. Boundary additions over the next two decades increased the park size to almost 2.2 million acres.