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.
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title National Wildlife
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