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The naming (and misnaming) of America

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Jim Jam Ridge winds for several hundred feet a long a spectacular section of the High Sierra, near the heart of northern California's Mother Lode country. According to local historians, its name dates back to a night in the late 1800s when a drunk prospector rolled into a campfire, exploding a handful of rifle shells in his pocket. The fatal incident left his two partners with a severe case of the "jim jams" a common term in those days for the "shakes" and that's how the name took hold.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The naming (and misnaming) of America
Series title:
National Wildlife
Edition:
Reprint from: National Wildlife, Aug-Sept. 1978.
Year Published:
1979
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Description:
11 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
National Wildlife