January 11, 2012
Sand Dunes and Canyon Views
The river was given its name by one of the Wesley Powell expeditions in 1869-1871. As they floated down the Colorado River, they came to the inlet of an unnamed river. "How is she, Jack?" someone shouted. "Oh, she's a dirty devil!" was the reply.
That same expedition named the Bright Angel Creek farther down the Colorado. Bright Angel is now part of the Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps the Powell group thought they should give homage to the forces of good to counteract naming one stream after the devil...