The List: 9 Geographic Features Named By Lonely Men

Male settlers of America had a bit of a fixation on women’s bodies. The Grand Teton, as you probably know,

They're big. They're beautiful. They look nothing like breasts.

Male settlers of America had a bit of a fixation on women’s bodies. The Grand Teton, as you probably know, is legendarily translated from French as “Large Breast.” But that’s only the best known of many place names suggestive of longing, desire, and lust.

Search the U.S. Board on Geographic Names website – as I did, slightly embarrassed for an entire afternoon in a coffee shop – and you’ll find dozens more examples of luridly named geographic features. There are so many, in fact, that I eventually narrowed this list down to just features named after breasts. Let’s not even talk about valleys.

In the book From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame, Mark Monmonier wrote: “The male anatomy is commemorated far less frequently than the female form because phallic landforms are comparatively rare in nature and most of the namers were men.”

Well, yes. And men, as I’m surprised no one reading over my shoulder in the coffee shop pointed out, never change.

1. Grand Teton, Wyoming
Really the most famous of all of them. Have you seen the Grand Teton? Have you seen a large breast? It’s tough to make the connection between the two these days, but back then, men were apparently more lonely, much more more starved for images of women. Either that or breasts have evolved significantly since then.

2. Milk Shakes, Washington
“Named by lonely male settlers who felt formations resembled breasts.”

3. Boobs Canyon, Utah
No, it’s not the place where Aron Ralston was stuck.

4. Virgins Breasts (Islands), Maine
“The name applies to two islands collectively; one to the northwest that is unnamed officially, and another to the southeast named officially, Nipple.”

5. Breast Mountain, Alaska
Pride of Bethel County.

6. Mammary Peak, Alaska
Named in 1964 by members of the Juneau Icefield Research Project, hence the use of “mammary.” No poets, those eggheads.

7. Tittie Butte, Oregon
Tittie? Really? How old were these guys, 13?

8. Two Teats, California
Located in the Sierra near Mammoth Mountain, the nearest farm is 50 miles away, so there’s no agricultural influence. Those dudes were just horny.

9. Mollies Nipple, Arizona
Arizona, you think you’re so clever. There are at least 11 Molly’s Nipples in Utah alone.

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Brendan Leonard is a contributing editor to Adventure Journal. Follow him at his blog, Semi-Rad.
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  • Paul Rauber

    Yes but! In southern Utah, south of the Kaiparowits/Escalante National Monument, if memory serves, is a large freestanding stone monolith known as “Brigham’s Member.”

  • Laurel

    What do you mean phallic landforms are comparatively rare in nature, all of Utah is all dicks!

  • twoeightnine

    I think my favorite part of this practice is that the names were often given by members of the Mormon Church.

    Also Twin Peaks in SF was originally called “Los Pechos de la Chola” or “Breasts of the Indian Maiden” but those uptight conservatives chose to rename it.

  • Tony

    The Adirondack’s Dix peak also has a great view of good ol’ Mt Nippletop.

  • Heather

    Nippetop Mountain in the Adirondacks…

  • max

    nippletop, adirondacks

  • Eileen

    I agree with Laurel… what do you mean “What do you mean phallic landforms are comparatively rare in nature, all of Utah is all dicks!”

    I’d add in some of Joshua Tree is too…

    I guess the real point is that phallic landforms are not always named as *cough* cleverly? 😉

  • Cody

    Maggie’s Peak in Tahoe is one that’s a little less blatant, apparently so-named because of a busty waitress at a Tavern by the lake (1800’s timeframe I think).

  • Brent Findlay

    You’ve got the Spanish Peaks in Southern CO called the Huahatoya’s (Breasts of the Earth), even early Native Americans were in on it.

  • Aqua Blue Charters

    We’re surprised “Virgin Gorda” the fat virgin, named by Christopher Columbus, wasn’t listed.

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