My inbox was filled again this week with ideas for renaming the Mount Trashmore site before it turns into the next Aspen, only with more methane. Here’s a sampling.
Karl Knutsen reminds us that there was a Trashmore naming contest years ago:
“The winner of the aforementioned contest was “The Junkfrau.” It was a play on the Swiss mountain, Jungfrau (Maiden). It never caught on, obviously, since no one ever uses it. I (ahem) submitted “Mt. Everwaste,” but it doesn’t exactly augur a positive future and was quickly ignored. Another name submitted was “Mt. Baggie.”
“Your column affords me the opportunity to add to my offing. How about Mt. Cyanide? Nah, too caustic. What about a place for walking excursions or Hikes Peak? How about Sierra Mudre? If we never come up with a name, we could just leave it blank, as in Mount Blank. OK, I’ll stop.”
Good thinking, Karl. Bob Stone, a volunteer at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, in the shadow of mighty Trashmore, nominated “Mount Rip:”
“Mount Rip is located north of the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. It is the place where Cechus, the legendary leader of the Czechs, viewed the surrounding area and proclaimed that this is the place we have been looking for and we will settle here. The time was approximately 450 to 500 AD”
Jeff Taylor of Center Point floated “Corridor Mountain,” to commemorate the area’s “Technology Corridor” theme that has been so popular with the local rabble. Jim Veglahn is on the same track with “The Eastern Iowa Mountain” and “The Hill of the Five Seasons.” Although he admits its unlikely the “big metal toilet brush,” a.k.a. The Tree of the Five Seasons, will be moved to Trashmore’s summit.
Tony Kubicek is gripped by a case of Cedar-mania:
“We have Cedar Rapids, Cedar River, and Cedar Lake.What’s wrong with Cedar Hill, Cedar Mound, or Cedar Mountain? I looked up the definitions of hill, mound and mountain in American Heritage. “Mound” is too small, “mountain” may be too large although it is described as ” greater than that of a hill.”Hill” is described as “smaller than a mountain.” Actual elevations don’t seem to matter. The size of Mount Trashmore makes it seem like more than just a hill.
“I like the sound of Cedar Mountain although actually seeing it may disappoint a visitor or newcomer, as Cedar Lake has done.”
Disappointed newcomers? No way. Nadene Roberts sent a brief message submitting “Mount Givesmore.” While Ron Davis gives us a name and a slogan:
“I suggest renaming Mt Trashmore “Methane Mountain” with the slogan, ‘It’s a gaser, come have a blast.’”
But how about “Mount Pull My Finger?” Rick Blackwell looks to history and suggests “Canney Hill,” named for the long-serving Cedar Rapids Mayor. Blackwell also points out that recreating on a trash pile can be tricky.
“Long before you moved here, the Tait Cummings Complex out on C Street was a landfill. I had the pleasure of being the softball coordinator for the City when that opened. Every once in a while a bumper or other heavy item would surface. There were always small items like glass, rock and paper that would show up unwanted from the ground below.
“ However, it is a very nice play for many area people to play adult recreational softball and youth baseball/softball.”
I also received several phoned-in ideas.
Paul Burrows nominated “Mount Trashnomore,” Charlotte Lackender likes “Mount Recycle” and Shirley Fuller submitted “Mount Rosemore.” Harold Skripsky called to float “Cedar View Heights.”
Other nominees included “Czech Mountain,” “Cedar Alps” and “Brokesack Mountain.” The caller was referring to all the trashbags buried at Trashmore.
Post your own ideas below.